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JAMMU: Apni Trade Union State President J&K Ajaz Kazmi on Thursday fervently appealed to the Lt. Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha to direct financial institutions for waiving off the EMI installments of downtrodden sections of the society, associated with the business of house boats, Shikharas, taxi & cabs, auto Rikshaws, and street hawkers in view of the current COVID-19 crisis.He said that the lockdowns and restrictions imposed in the country during the pandemic have made the lives of traders and business class people utterly miserable and pathetic.“The trade and business industry of Jammu and Kashmir has been hit badly by continuous lockdowns and restrictions imposed from the past one year has immensely affected the poor traders who were running small business units of Shikharas, houseboats, taxis, cabs and rickshawsThey have become the prime victims of this lockdown and have suffered badly,” he remarked.He said that the continuous lockdowns and restrictions have snatched their livelihood and their economic position is in shambles which needs to be considered through a humane prism.He further said their position is quite deplorable and they are not in a position to pay their monthly loan installments while simultaneously providing for their families.“Keeping in view the current financial position of these nimble sections of our society, I appeal to Lt. Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha to save the future of these poor businessmen from further deterioration on humanitarian grounds and deliver an exemplary amnesty in regards with their bank loan installments, so that they feel a sigh of relief,” he urged.He said the administration must also come up with special financial packages doled out in their favour to revive these business classes in line with the examples of other States wherein the Governments have provided necessary financial aid to the owners of such sections.“Such immediate measures are essential in order to ameliorate their deprivations as well put this class back on rails for sake of economic stabilization and equity,” he concluded.
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