Srinagar, June 11: A protest was held here by the local vendors who allege that the government has snatched from them their livelihood by disallowing them to do business on city foot paths.
According to KNS a local news agency, the vendors said that they don’t want any kind of employment from government but only demand that they be allowed to do their routine work. The protesters said that they are running their shops since years and now the government asks them to wind up the business all of a sudden.
“Since 30 years atleast, we are running our business at Laldad hospital road and few days back police came and told us to wind up the shops from streets and from last three days police is not allowing us to do our routine business” one of the local vendor said.
Protesting vendors added that they approached R&B Minister Altaf Bukhari, SSP and others they interfered for the time being but later Police again came up with the lathis and asked they to leave
One of the protesters Mohammad Hussain said that thousands of families in Srinagar are directly dependent on the business of selling commodities at foot paths and now when the government comes up with the diktat with no alternate plan, it is an attempt to deny livelihood to thousands in Srinagar besides making the families of local vendors starve.
The protestors said they also tried to meet the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but were not allowed to express their concerns. “We are poor and destitute, who would listen to our woes. None indeed,” vendors said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch