Hakeem Yaseen hails Governor’s assurance about relief to snow affected orchardists

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Srinagar, Nov 7: Chairman PDF and MLA Khansahib, Hakeem Yaseen has hailed the assurance given by the Governor Satya Paul Malik to provide relief and compensation to the snow affected fruit growers and orchardists of the state. However, he has urged that the relief on this account should be credited directly into the Bank accounts of the affected orchardists before the onset of harsh “Chilai Kalan” so that they could make winter arrangements for their families in time.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Hakeem said that the initiative taken by the Governor and his administration to seek central assistance to provide relief to the snow affected orchardists was satisfactory given the huge quantum of damage caused to horticulture sector due to untimely snow fall.
He said reports suggest that the horticulture sector has suffered a colossal loss worth Rs 500 cr due to untimely snow fall as fruit harvesting was going on in full swing as yet.
He said untimely snow fall has badly affected livelihood of about 33 lakh people associated directly or indirectly with the fruit trade.
He said need of the hour was to come to the rescue of the affected fruit growers and provide them adequate relief on time to enable them withstand fast coming harsh winter.
He urged the Governor administration should tackle this calamity under the provisos of natural disaster and provide relief to the panic stricken farmers under Disaster Relief Fund.