India grilled for broken pledges after 2014 floods

Srinagar, September 08, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, on the sixth anniversary of the 2014 devastating floods in the Valley, the Kashmir Trade Alliance (KTA) has criticized successive Indian governments for failing to fulfill the promises made to the traders.

After 2014, trade and the economy were hit hard again and again, due to which Kashmiri traders, industrialists, transporters and contractors as well as the tourism sector got affected, Kashmir Trade Alliance President Aijaz Shahdhar. Hopes from the local as well as Indian authorities for reviving trade were dashed, and even after six years, nothing concrete is being done to revive the economic and business activity, he added.

“The relief claims were limited to paperwork, and if given, it was like cumin in a camel’s mouth. Not only this, but also the situation of the following years and then the situation after August 5, 2019 and now the Covid-19 lockdown for the last six months have broken the backs of Kashmiri traders, shopkeepers and businessmen,” he said. Shahdhar said, “No serious steps are being taken to get the traders out of this whirlpool.”

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