Traders up in arms on flood rehab delay

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SRINAGAR:  Traders bodies Friday held a protest at Bemina area of Srinagar city to demand relief for the flood-affected traders.

Hundreds of traders under the banner of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation supported by Bemina Traders Association assembled at Bemina Chowk and raised slogans in support of their demand and expressed concern over the apathetic attitude of the state and the Central governments. They also raised slogans against the governments for their alleged delaying tactics in paying relief to the flood-hit traders.

The leaders included KTMF chairman Sadiq Baqal, Muhammad Shafi, Nisar Shahdahar, Sajad Gul and Showkat Chowdary.

They ranted that the Sales Tax officials have been continuously harassing the traders on the one or the other pretext and despite protests; no action is being initiated against the officials.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed by traders in Bemina against the government ‘failure’ to rehabilitate victims of last year’s floods.

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