Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed serious concern over the non-disbursement of the relief to the fruit growers in Kashmir who suffered massive damages due to the recent untimely snowfall, a statement issued here said.
According to the party spokesman, PDP’s Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri while meeting various people’s delegations here said that in entire Kashmir Valley, the fruit growers are still anxiously waiting for the compensation which was promised to them by the government against the massive damage caused to the orchards due to untimely snowfall in November’s first week. He added that there are apprehensions among the fruit growers that the promises made by the government to mitigate their losses would prove nothing but mere hoax in the end. “The state administration needs to address these concerns of the famers and ensure the timely disbursement of the compensation as the horticulture sector in Valley suffered no less than a thousand crore loss due to that catastrophic snowfall,” Veeri said.
The PDP Vice President also termed the worsening power scenario in Kashmir as worrisome; stating that the government was ought to take pre-emptive measures to tackle Valley’s power paucity which is taking toll at present. Veeri said that there are scores of areas in Kashmir wherein people are coerced to reel under darkness as transformers after getting damaged haven’t been repaired yet. The PDP vice President suggested the present administration to establish Transformer Banks across Valley so that at times of need, the damaged ones are replaced without any delay and people aren’t made to suffer amid the freezing cold.