After Rehab Package, Trader’s Body Asks Modi Govt to Allow International Donors to Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Disappointed with central government’s recent Rs 1677 Crore rehabilitation package for State's flood-affected people, a leading traders’ body in Valley on Thursday asked Modi government to allow international donors to send their aid directly to Kashmir while opposition National Conference called for convening of special session of J&K Assembly to seek proper package from Delhi.
“The losses suffered by J&K people during floods were estimated to be about 1 lakhs crores by economic experts, Rs 44000 crores by previous J&K government and Rs. 21800 Crores by World Bank through its initial Quick Assessment Report,” Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said.
He termed recent announcement of Rs 1677 crores rehabilitation package by central government as “cruel joke” with people of the State.
Kashmir witnessed worst-ever floods in September last year. The floods caused death of about 300 people and destroyed over three lakh structures.
Ashiq accused Modi government of resorting to discriminatory attitude with J&K. “Modi government is applying different yardstick to damages suffered by people of Kashmir when compared to Uttarakand, who under similar circumstances were granted seven lakh rupees for a damaged house while only Rs one lakhs fifty thousand was allotted in case of Kashmir”.
He said in view of inability of J&K government in getting justice for its people and central government’s abject failure in providing relief and rehabilitation measures, international aid is the only option left for the people of Kashmir to mitigate their suffering.
Ashiq said they have decided to appeal central government to allow international donors including Kashmir diaspora abroad to send aid to Kashmir directly for rehabilitation of flood affectees
Opposition National Conference termed Rs 1667 crore rehabilitation package to the State as “mediocre”, “disgusting” and “insulting”.
“We call on government to convene a special session of the State legislature for passing a unanimous resolution for seeking a proper rehabilitation package for the flood victims from central government,” NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said while addressing a press conference.
He said the special session of legislature has become a necessity and should be convened as soon as possible.
State Congress chief G A Mir accused Modi government of treating J&K people as beggars.
“Rs 1677 Cr package is a cruel joke to flood affected people of Kashmir,” he said adding instead of rehabilitating flood affectees properly, centre and State government are playing with the emotions of people.
Asserting that the prejudiced approach of Modi government has further agonized the people, Mir warned PDP-BJP coalition government of consequences if centre and state governments don’t stop playing with emotions of people.