Tours various hail storm affected hamlets of Charar e Sharief
Charar-e-Sharief, 24 June: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference senior leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rathar on Monday expressed grief over losses to people following recent hail storm and incessant rains across the central Kashmir’s Charar e Sharief constituency.
Rathar while underscoring the need of compensating the losses to farmers, orchardists said, “The orchardists, farmers have suffered immense losses to their standing crops. The road connectivity of the various hamlets has been disconnected due to damage to the connecting road links, culverts. The power supply and the steady supply of water haven’t been resumed in various hamlets. The higher reaches of the constituency are still reeling under darkness. People living in the constituency have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on ground; what is adding woes of people is the sheer lack of concern of the divisional administration towards the suffering of people living in the area. It was expected of the government to depute revenue teams to hail storm areas to ascertain the magnitude of material losses to people; however the government has miserably failed to come to the rescue of families under duress. Most of the families living in the hail storm hit areas live by petty means and draw their sustenance from agricultural activity. Most of the households had pinned their hopes on the annual agricultural produce to pay for the dues over to bank, and meet the regular demands of their household chores. However the vagaries of calamitous weather have pushed the people to wall. It is the prime duty of the administration to come to the rescue of those who stand worst affected due to the vagaries of weather.”
Rathar also toured the hailstorm hit hamlets of Zinpanchal, Gunde Shamus, Kan Dajan, Futlipra, Hardu Dalwan, Checki Karpora, Shankarpora, Karpora, chrari Pora, Pakharpora. While making stopovers at various places he interacted with the people who apprised him about the problems they are facing following the havoc played by the hail storm in their hamlets.
Rathar expressed unison with the affected families in their trying times and assured them to raise their concerns at appropriate forums. While concluding the arduous tour of the hail storm affected areas he said, “The marginalized orchardists and farmers have in particular suffered losses to their standing crops. I urge the governor administration to depute revenue teams to the affected areas to determine the losses to farmers. The administration should provide immediate succor to the affected families. I impress upon the administration to ensure the benefits of Apple crop insurance scheme to the affected orchardists.”