Business ventures to set base for Kashmir’s own private sector: Mirwaiz

Inaugurates café ‘Downtown’ in Srinagar


SRINAGAR: SRINAGAR: Appreciating the efforts of Kashmiri youth in taking a lead in setting up their own business ventures, APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that he was glad to see that educated youth of Kashmir were coming forward to ‘defeat’ the problem of growing unemployment in Kashmir and were setting up innovative business ventures to earn their livelihood.
On Saturday, Mirwaiz inaugurated many new business ventures set up by Kashmiri youth in Srinagar which include Downtown Cafe at Gojwara, Mustaqeem Diagnostic Centre at Hawal, and Hooked Foods at Nigeen.
Mirwaiz expressed his satisfaction over the growing sense of belonging among the educated Kashmir’s youth who have decided to take on the issue of rising unemployment ‘head-on’ through their creative business ventures that would help them earn a sustained livelihood.
He appreciated the owners of the newly inaugurated business ventures stating that he was glad to see youth deciding to defeat unemployment by not running after government jobs and wasting time in long queues outside government offices and instead taking a lead role in establishing good business ventures that would set the base for Kashmir’s own private sector that has remained in doldrums over the past 27 years of instability.
Mirwaiz said that Islam also teaches us to earn our livelihood through halaal (permissible) means and there is appreciation for those who stand-up on their own feet and earn their living in a clean manner.
He said Kashmir is full of talent and urged the youth of Kashmir to take a cue from the young educated owners of the new business ventures.
To increase the business of Srinagar city, particularly to shift people towards coffee making, a cafe named ‘DOWNTOWN’ was inaugurated by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Saturday. While inaugurating the three-storey cafe, Mirwaiz said, “The tourism in downtown Srinagar needs to be promoted”.
“It will send a positive signal (to tourists),” he said adding that this was an opportunity to cope up with unemployment in Kashmir.
Cafe Downtown is situated at Main Chowk Gowjara and can accommodate 90 visitors at a time. It has a separate facility for families and separate arrangements have been made for single persons as well.
Downtown is the main hub of business activities since ages in Kashmir valley. It has contributed in every sector of Kashmir.
Suhil Mehraj Khan from Pampore, owner of Downtown café, said that people can arrange marriage ceremonies here as well.
“This is an important contribution to downtown area of Srinagar,” he said.
Since, the area did not have this facility earlier, people faced difficulties and had to visit Lal Chowk for arranging the marriage ceremonies.