A complete shutdown was Tuesday observed by the Valley traders against the government’s failure of rehabilitating flood hit business establishers of Kashmir. The shutdown call was given by a faction of Kashmir Traders Manufacturing Federation led by Bashir Ahmad Rather. The business establishments in and around the business hub Lal Chowk remained closed to mark a protest against the government who according to the Valley traders failed to rehabilitate them. The Valley traders after suffering huge loss in 2014 deluge are seeking compensation from the government. According to trader association heads, the government has made several promises over rehabilitating them but they are yet to fulfill their promises as so far it their tall claims turned hoax. Bashir Ahmed Rather, KTMF faction head accused the government of backtracking from its promises of rehabilitating the flood-hit traders. They said that the government by delaying the rehabilitation process seems reluctant to provide compensation to the Valley traders. Warning the government of dire consequences, Rather has said that they would take extreme steps if it fails to rehabilitate them at earliest. However, another faction of KTMF, led by Muhammad Yasin Khan, stayed away from the strike, saying the business community was yet to get any formal response from the government. “We will seek details from Raj Bhawan about the decision over the long-pending rehabilitation of flood-hit traders and take a decision accordingly,” the faction head has said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch