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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM (IST)

Omar turns to Governor over relief for Beerwah orchardists, farmers

Omar turns to Governor over relief for Beerwah orchardists, farmers
Apple trees damaged due to heavy snowfall in the Kashmir valley. Tribune Photo: Amin War

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6

National Conference vice-president and Beerwah MLA Omar Abdullah on Tuesday urged Governor Satya Pal Malik’s administration to ensure speedy compensation for orchardists and farmers, who were affected by a recent snowstorm, in his central Kashmir constituency.

Seeking immediate restoration of road connectivity in Beerwah, the former Chief Minister also urged the administration to depute revenue teams to accesses the losses of orchardists and farmers of the constituency.

“The farmers should be compensated adequately before the onset of harsh winters,” he said.

In a statement, Omar also expressed concern over the “lacklustre approach of the incumbent administration to mitigate the problems of the people of Beerwah in the wake of the recent snowfall”.

The untimely snowfall in November’s first week has caused largescale damage to fruit trees and crops across the Kashmir valley. “The snowfall has played a havoc with the standing crop of maize adding to the miseries of marginalised farmers. The orchardists, too, have suffered immensely due to the untimely snowfall. What is aggravating the condition of already miserable farmers is the laid-back attitude of the administration,” Omar said.

He said the exigencies following the snowfall should have been “addressed to on a war footing”. “Many interior roads of Beerwah have not been cleared of snow as of now. Many villages in my constituency are still reeling under darkness,” he said.

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