Omar Abdullah concerned over losses to apple orchards


National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed concern over the massive damages suffered to Apple Orchards following heavy snowfall across the valley.

In a statement issued from party headquarters, party vice president sought immediate comprehensive compensation for the affected orchardists. “The state government must depute revenue teams to the affected districts and assess the losses so that they are compensated forthwith,” he said.

A man monitoring his apple orchard in south Kashmir after season’s first snowfall on November 4, 2018. KL image by Shah Hilal

The Vice President said that it is the duty of present incumbent administration to rescue those who stand affected by the vagaries of climate. “The government should offer succor to the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account of weather vagaries,” he said.

Omar also impressed upon the incumbent government administration to invoke a contingency plan to mitigate the woes of the people who stand worst affected by the recent snowfall. “The administration should gear up its men and machinery to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on roads. The administration should ensure immediate restoration of power supply in the valley,” he said.

Omar maintained that National Conference is awake to the difficulties faced by people which they have to undergo in wake of the recent snowfall. “Governor Administration should remain alive to the difficulties of the people during winters. The poor and have-nots should specifically be taken care of during winter months,” he said.

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