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Kashmir Economic Alliance calls for bandh on September 7, says Centre has failed to help flood victims

Chaudhary, KEA Chairman said that the Centre has failed to provide compensation to the flood victims in the valley.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Published: September 2, 2015 7:06:57 pm
Army personnels rescue civilians at the Haft Chinar in Srinagar in Kashmir. (Source: Express File Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Army personnels rescue civilians at the Haft Chinar in Srinagar in Kashmir. (Source: Express File Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), a conglomerate of trade unions on Wednesday announced to observe September 7 as a ‘black day’ against the Centre for failing to rehabilitate the flood victims in the valley. The body has also called Kashmir Bandh on September 7, the day when floods had hit the state last year.

“The traders will observe September 7 as a black day against the Central government and there will be a Kashmir bandh as well,” KEA Chairman, Showkat Chaudhary said at a press conference in Srinagar.

Chaudhary said that the Centre has failed to provide compensation to the flood victims in the valley.

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“When the floods had hit on September 7 last year, international community came forward with an aim to help Kashmir. But PM Modi rejected it and said that we will help Kashmir on our own and we have funds,” said Chaudhary. “He said the same words in the United Nations. But, as one year passes he has not fulfilled his promises.”

The KEA Chairman said that the representatives of the Kashmiri people should be allowed to travel outside to seek funds from the international community. “We want to ask the PM, if he did not had funds, why did he reject the help from the International community. The economy of the Kashmir has reached to zero in the last one year,” he said.

The trade body claimed that RSS is planning a sabotage on the September 7 event. “We have reports that the RSS is planning to sabotage our programme. Some people who work for the RSS here have been given instructions to make this programme unsuccessful,” he said. “We want to aware people that we have to observe the day so that we can tell the central government we are together.”

While asking the state government to step down as they have failed to “fulfill the promises”, Chaudhary said PDP is answerable to the people of the state. “We didn’t vote for BJP and they are not answerable. But, we voted for PDP and they are answerable to us. PDP should answer if they made tall promises at the time of forging an alliance with the BJP that will get a good package for the people of Kashmir. Why nothing has been delivered,” he said. “If you are not getting the package and you are not able to do the development work, the Chief Minister and the finance minister shouldn’t make false promises,” he said.

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