Vakil demands immediate compensation for hailstorm victims of Rafiabad
Post by on Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Rafiabad, May 30: Senior vice-president Peoples’ Conference (PC) and former minister Abdul GaniVakil Monday expressed concerns over the damage caused to apple blossom and other standing crops especially vegetables due to heavy hailstorm in several areas of Rafiabad on Sunday which include Hachepora, Sheikhpora, Bakhipora, Chatoosa, Waripora, Harduchanam and many other adjacent villages.
In a statement, Vakil urged the UT government to go for immediate assessment of damages caused due to this heavy hailstorm and disburse financial relief to the affected families without any delay.
Vakil alleged that whenever natural calamities cause damage to the fruit and crops, the worst affected are assured compensation and even surveys are conducted but no relief reaches them.
He demanded a comprehensive package for fruit (Apple) growers who have been suffering maximum losses over the years due to natural calamities and political upheaval. He lambasted the UT government saying the government has failed to keep up with the promises done with the fruit growers like waiving off KCC loans because of which the economic backbone of Kashmir is crippling.
Vakil expressed surprise over the government's step motherly treatment towards the apple industry which is among the main economic sectors of J&K.
"If the government continues to overlook this vital apple sector, and fails to revive the industry, it will leave thousands of people jobless," he added.