March 2019 News
Kashmir Facing Undeclared Economic War: JKSECC9 March 2019
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Socio Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC) on Saturday said that Kashmir is facing an undeclared economic war 'as a result of which economic activities in the valley have come to a standstill'. 'A meeting of the amalgam was held in the backdrop of large scale tourist cancellations, frequent closure of the highway and harassment of Kashmiri traders across outside states all of which have badly impacted various industrial and service sector activities in the valley,' the statement said. The representatives of prominent tour and travel associations informed the meeting that almost 90% cancellations have taken place, the tourists who had booked their packages to the valley in the next three months have canceled their visit. 'They revealed that the major tour operators in various states, besides the prominent anti-Kashmir politicians, have launched rigorous negative campaign advising tourists to visit destinations other than those in the valley,' it reads. The representatives of major hotel and houseboat associations confirmed in the meeting that more than 90% room bookings in valley hotels and houseboats till May 2019 had been canceled and 10% is in pipeline. JKSECC also condemned the attacks and harassment of Kashmiri traders in various states 'forcing them to return back to the valley'. The members said that cancellation of tourist travel as also the harassment of traders was part of the large scale campaign against Kashmiris. They further said that only a handful of incidents out of thousands of cases of beating and harassment of students, traders and others were reported in the media like the recent most incident in Lucknow after which FIR against 'unknown' perpetrators has been logged. 'The road blockade of the highway during the current winter has been unprecedented in the past 7 decades,' observed the members. 'There has hardly been any smooth traffic movement during the whole of the winter which has tremendously impacted the industrial and other economic activities in the valley.' JKSECC demanded that Government of India, as well as the state government, should come clean on the 'economic war' against Kashmiris 'aimed at crushing the people of valley economically'. 'The amalgam is in consultation with all stakeholders and will devise a strategy to counter these mean anti-Kashmir plans,' the statement said.