Mainstream politicians have urged the Governor's administration to compensate the fruit growers who have suffered huge losses due to heavy and untimely snowfall in Kashmir.
Senior National Conference leader and Member Legislative Assembly Kangan Mian Altaf in a statement said, "Farmers have suffered huge losses due to the damage caused to orchards following the snowfall."
Mian Altaf sought immediate comprehensive compensation for the affected orchardists. "The government should offer succour to the farmers and orchardists as they are the backbone of the state's economy and have always been suffering on account of weather vagaries," he said.
Mian Altaf also urged the administration to gear up its men and machinery to provide all the basic amenities to the people and to mitigate their problems which have arisen after the snowfall.
He said that the administration should ensure immediate restoration of power supply in all the areas of Kangan constituency.
Appealing government to wake up from deep slumber MLA Langate and president of the Awami Ithad Party (AIP) Er Rasheed in a statement here said, "The tradition in the past has been that whenever such calamity takes place, revenue and horticulture authorities carryout a comprehensive survey but nothing is paid to the fruit growers or farmers at the end. However this time losses are huge and damage caused to fruit trees is beyond imagination."
He said that Governor's revelation that fruit growers will be compensated is a welcome move but we need not to forget that in the past successive governments have made promises only to break them.
He said, "If state government and prestigious institutions like J&K Bank could help in rehabilitation of Kerala flood hit victims and even compel the state government employees to donate one day's salary for the cause, why cannot central government come to the rescue of state government as fruit industry is the backbone of state economy."
Chairman of Peoples Democratic Front and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yaseen urged the Government to provide adequate relief , on war footing basis to the fruit growers.
In a statement Hakeem Yaseen asked the Governor's administration to get the quantum of losses caused to fruit and orchards due to snow fall , assessed on war footing basis so that relief could be provided to the affected families without any delay.
He said untimely snow fall has wrecked havoc with the economy of the farmers and fruit traders as they were hopeful of good returns of their produce. "Onus now lies on the Governor's administration to come to the rescue of snow affected fruit growers and provide them cash assistance besides free ration for winter months and free fertilisers."
PDP legislator from Wachi assembly segment Aijaz Mir expressed tremendous grief over the loss of horticulture sector due to untimely November snowfall.
He visited different villages of his constituency and directed the concerned departments to remain alert. Mir said the apple growers are in distress due to the huge losses inflicted on their apple harvest and apple trees due to the snowfall.
He said that apple growing is the main source of economy in Shopian, the snowfall has inflicted maximum damage to the growers.