Mehbooba for uniform returns to pilgrim tourism stake holders

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Srinagar:Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  president Mehbooba Mufti has called for an equitable share for all travel operators and tourism stake holders in the expanding pilgrimage tourism sector. She was talking to a delegation of the representatives of tour  and travel industry of Kashmir here today.

Mehbooba said Amarnath pilgrimage has been part of the social fabric of Kashmir and it is important that its economic benefits reach the local travel industry and the population in the concerned areas. She was conveyed an impression that the local travel industry is getting marginalized in the Amarnath yatra and urged the concerned authorities to ensure that the highly professional, committed and dedicated travel industry of the state receives a uniform share in the economic spin off from pilgrimage tourism.

Another delegation of a young people called on the PDP president and appraised her that their services as daily rated employees in tourism department had been arbitrarily discontinued. Urging the government to reengage these  young people numbering reportedly 150 she said it was ironical that on the one hand the state government was claiming to be making fresh recruitments and on the other had they were throwing out those who have been working for it for many years. She said the government must make clear whether it is disengaging the existing employees to make rooms for its much hyped new recruitment drive aimed at accommodating its favourites either for political reasons or for monetary considerations.

Mehbooba expressed concern at the continued neglect of the demands of revenue officials who have been on strike for about three weeks. She said the revenue official’s duties are of a crucial nature and their striking of work results in lots of problems for the ordinary people. She said the government must listen to the demands of these important officials and fulfill all their genuine demands.

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