‘Lack of Flood Relief Paralyzed Kashmir Tourism Industry,’ says NC




National Conference on Wednesday said the “lack of attention and sincerity by the Union and the State Governments” and the “absence of a comprehensive flood relief and rehabilitation package has paralyzed” the Tourism Industry in the State and has thereby resulted in an “economic slowdown which will add to the miseries of thousands of flood victims”.

Tanvir Sadiq, Political Secretary to NC Working President Omar Abdullah, expressed these views in a meeting with a visiting delegation from the German Embassy who called on the NC politician on Wednesday.

“The complete lack of a flood relief effort has rendered our tourism infrastructure in shambles and this has brought the livelihood of thousands of daily wage earners, artisans and entrepreneurs to a grinding halt. The Union Package that was recently announced has been yet another cruel joke with the flood victims as there is hardly any component for the flood victims – nothing for traders, hoteliers nor for those who lost their homes and hearths,” the NC politician said.

Tanvir apprised the visiting German delegation of the “state of misery, discontent and disappointment in the State at the abandonment of the flood victims by both the Union and the State Government” and said, “the September floods being the most economically devastating natural disaster in the world deserves a greater level of global effort and seriousness within the country.”

He also asked the German delegation to encourage its citizens to visit Kashmir and market Kashmir as a tourism destination in Germany to provide an impetus to the sector.

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