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Tarigami demands one time KCC loan exemption to farmers

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Kulgam, Dec 12: While expressing serious concern over rising unemployment, power scarcity, corruption and unabated arrests and killings in Kashmir, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday demanded one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the recent heavy snowfall.

This was mentioned in a press release issued here.

Addressing workers convention at Kulgam today he said the announced scale of relief under “state-specific special natural calamity” for damaged orchards due to snowfall is quite inadequate given the quantum of destruction. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees. Millions of trees have been damaged due to the snowfall and the mainstay of the Kashmir economy – horticulture – is in shambles. Even the announced meagre relief has not been disbursed among the victims though almost one and half months have passed.

 

Tarigami said that the need is to announce one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, besides the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state. “Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not implemented in Kashmir so far. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” said he.

The issue of unemployment, he said, has reached to an alarming proportion as successive governments have failed to suggest a framework to tackle this issue. No policy framework has been suggested to address this huge and vulnerable problem. In absence of other viable avenues, government sector is the only area which provides some opportunity of employment generation. But, the inability of the government in creating such opportunities the future seems to be bleak for our younger generation.

 


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Don’t use Pulwama attack as an excuse to harm Jammu Muslims: Rasheed

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Srinagar, Feb 15:  Expressing anger and anguish over hooliganism by miscreants of various right-wing organizations at various places in Jammu city, AIP President Er Rasheed has urged law enforcing agencies and civil administration to ensure protection to all sections of people without being biased.

In a statement issued today Er Rasheed said, “Nobody is celebrating killing of CRPF men in Pulwama attack and no one other than Kashmiris can feel the pain of bereaved families better than them, as we have been passing through this turmoil since last thirty years, however nothing lies in hands of Kashmiris and neither their words nor condemnations mean anything to those who matter and who can bring peace in the entire region including Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Giving the incident a communal colour and using it as an excuse to create communal tension in Jammu city is condemnable and unacceptable. How can dozens of vehicles were damaged and set to fire in presence of law enforcing agencies at various places in Jammu city and why is not Jammu administration doing enough to ensure that law and order are maintained in the entire city,” said Er Rasheed.

 

Er  Rasheed while appealing from restraining from all sides added that there is no justification to attack vehicles and other properties of a particular community or to attack stranded Kashmiris for none of their faults.

Er Rasheed appealed all stakeholders to show restraint and realize that violence is not any solution and let all of us understand that wars are not won and animosity will help none. He said that Kashmiris are the worst sufferers of animosity between India and Pakistan and they have always been seeking a peaceful resolution to the political dispute.

Er Rasheed appealed BJP leadership to show maturity and rise above regional and religious politics and reminded BJP leadership in Jammu not to forget that they are ruling at the Centre and their every action in Jammu has to be mature rather adding fuel to the fire.

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Shah Faesal appeals people of Jammu to maintain calm

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Srinagar, Feb 15: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Friday appealed to people of Jammu to observe restraint and maintain calm.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Shah Faesal wrote: “My sincere appeal to brothers from Jammu to maintain calm. This is not the time to call for revenge. This is not the time to fuel hatred against each other.”

“Let’s not allow our humanity to be snatched from us. Let’s stay united,” Shah Faesal wrote on Twitter.

 

Earlier reports and witnesses said that mobs torched and damaged dozens of vehicles during the violent protests which broke out today morning in Gujjar Nagar and Prem Nagar areas amid a shutdown called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry against the killing of CRPF men in Lethpora attack on Thursday.

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Yasin condemns slapping of PSA on JKLF leader

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Srinagar, Feb 15: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday condemned the slapping of second consecutive PSA on JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt who has been shifted to Islamabad Sub-Jail.

In a statement issued to media, the spokesman said High court had recently quashed PSA on him and he was shifted to Kupwara jail from Kot-balwal form where he has been again slapped with PSA.

Condemning this ‘state repression’, Malik said that “using black laws to prolong incarceration of political leaders and activists is most undemocratic and tyrannical.”

 

Malik has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Abdul Ahad Lone who was the father of senior JKLF member Fayaz Ahmad Lone of Kaw Mohala Khanyar.

JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and others reached Khanyar and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.

While praying for the heavenly abode of the deceased, they also prayed for the Sabr-i-Jamil of his bereaved family.

Meanwhile, JKLF paid tributes to Haigam martyrs who rendered sacrifices in 2001 when forces opened fire on peaceful protesters who were protesting against the custodial killing of JKLF leader Jalil Ahmad Shah.

On the occasion, a congregational prayers meeting was held at Hygam Sopore in which JKLF district president Syed Nisar Jeelani and other participated and paid tributes to these martyrs.

While remembering the struggle and sacrifices of Jalil Ahmad Shah and others including women, JKLF leaders prayed for the heavenly abode of martyrs and reiterated their pledge to take the mission of these martyrs to its desired goal.

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