Srinagar, 28 April: Awami Itehad Party today in a statement urged Current day Government to at the earliest announce ex-gratia to bereaved family in Shopian flash flood incident and moreover come to the rescue of ailing apple industry in Kashmir.
Two sisters Khalida and Sumaiya from Shopian were killed due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Chotipora area of Shopian district on Monday evening. A similar incident had occurred in Chadoora in Budgam, offering their condolences party top brass expressed sympathy with the families of the bereaved and appealed from Government of the day to immediately announce ex-gratia as has been done in Budgam case by the authorities.
Also highlighting the plight of apple industry party Spokesperson Sheeban Ashai emphasized on the gravity of situation and pointed out that nearly three million cartons of apples were lying in cold storages. In view of Covid-19 pandemic the fraternity is not only failing to find suitable markets for their produce, they are also incurring huge losses by having to pay storage charges.
Moreover in view of lockdown imposed to prevent spread of deadly Covid-19, apple traders from different mandis of India are also not coming to buy apples and thereby entire supply chain has been severely affected, Ashai added .It is common knowledge that people associated with apple industry have already faced ginormous losses since August 5th, last year.
In view of the prevailing situation and in view of losses incurred by those associated with apple trade, Government of the day is duty bound and must come to the rescue of ailing apple industry in Kashmir.