Admin digging wells at the time of fire: KCC&I

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Slams govt over delay in crop insurance schemes

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) has expressed anguish over the damage to crops, fruits and trees throughout Kashmir Valley due to the snowfall.

In a statement, KCC&I said, “Preliminary reports received from various fruit associations suggest that losses worth Rs 500 crore have been incurred and irreparable damage caused to trees, plantations and orchards. We appeal to the whole community to stand behind our brothers in distress and extend support in whatever manner possible.”

The avoidable delay in implementation of crop insurance schemes has ensured that our farmers and orchardists are deprived of any sort of insurance cover which could have proved to be of critical importance at this juncture, the chamber said.

The KCC&I said it has been demanding laying of underground cables for power transmission since years now. “This would have saved crores in T&D Losses and would have ensured hassle free power supply in winter months, but the Power Development Department instead chose to waste thousands of crores in laying of covered cables on transmission poles. The results are out and it is time that some accountability was sought,” it said.

“The state administration seems to enjoy digging wells at the time of fire and indulging in cosmetic fire-fighting exercises without taking any long term corrective measures for addressing core infrastructural issues,” KCC&I said. “Year after year, we have to issue the same press statements as the population continues to suffer losses.”