Hyderabad exhibition fire: PDP demands relief for Kashmiri craftsmen

Srinagar

Peoples Democratic Party has asked the state government to provide immediate assistance to Kashmir-based craftsmen whose goods were damaged in a massive fire yesterday during an annual exhibition at Hyderabad.

Hyderabad exhibition fire. Pic: Internet

In a statement, PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said around 300 craftsmen from Kashmir had set up stalls at the exhibition. “Their stock worth crores of rupees has been damaged. The state government needs to intervene,” he said.

He urged the Governor Satya Pal Malik to appoint a special liaison officer to provide them succour.

Expressing grief over the fire incident, Mir said that it is unfortunate that most of the Kashmiri shopkeepers have suffered and there is no goods insurance. “It is the moral duty of the Governor to act upon and provide them relief,” he said.

“These are young entrepreneurs who pinned hope on this exhibition, now they are distress, we urge the Governor Sahib to intervene,” PDP spokesman in a statement said.

Meanwhile, the  Kashmir Chamber of Commerce  & Industry  (Inc) express grief and sorrow about the fire incident at Hyderabad Numaish Exhibition were around  200 shops destroyed in the fire incident.

In a statement, KCCI said that as per the reports the stalls of Kashmiri  Dry fruits, Shawls, Leather goods are destroyed completely.

Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry talked to Home Ministry of Telangana, Hyderabad Mohammad Mahmood Ali and he assured rehabilitation, compensation and full support to the effected traders and also extended the exhibition for further 15 days without any charges.

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