Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Saturday lamented the Centre’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package for ‘excluding the worst-hit Transport sector in Jammu and Kashmir’.
In a statement issued here, JKAP leader Jagmohan Singh Raina observed that there was a strong resentment in transport fraternity on the ground for being discerned by the Central government from it’s economic impetus.
”Majority of public transporters in Jammu and Kashmir are unable to sustain the immediate financial pressures incremented by the prevailing lockdown,” Mr Raina remarked.
He said the transport fraternity in J&K, especially the owners of Tata Sumos, Auto rickshaws, Matadors, Buses and Trucks have suffered immense losses because of the law and order situation in the past, and now with the COVID-19 lockdown since March this year, it’s vast majority is not in a position to repay their vehicle loans borrowed from different banks.
”In the light of significant economic fallout of Novel Coronavirus, the government of the Union Territory should come forward for the rescue of this important sector by proposing a comprehensive and special economic package and get it sanctioned by the Government of India,” Mr Raina opined.
The JKAP leader observed that Transport sector holds critical importance as it connects various markets, suppliers and customers dotted across the regions.
”The complete lockdown of other businesses and supporting services has also aggravated the situation. Due to complete shutdown of public transport facilities, people associated with this sector, especially the drivers and conductors, besides their families, are at the verge of starvation. The government must come forward to help them,” he added.
Mr Raina said the government of Jammu and Kashmir is already seized of several issues pertaining to budgetary support for the Transport sector and a serious follow up for liberal funding from the Central government can mitigate the sufferings of this fraternity.
”The issues of transporters like replacement of old buses, mini buses, penalty on renewal of transport company licences, reduction of one-time tax on all commercial, public service vehicles and allotment of parking places for mini, medium buses and auto rickshaws is already in the knowledge of the government in J&K.
”I humbly call upon Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu to use his good office for a purposeful and concrete action in this regard,” the JKAP leader demanded.