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Non-local workers flee Kashmir, developmental works get affected
8/25/2019 10:39:59 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Aug 25: Fleeing of non-local labourers from Kashmir has affected the development works in the Valley.
Hundreds of non-locals including skilled workers working on various developmental projects have left the Valley due to prevailing situation.
Similarly, thousands of non-locals are also running saloon, beauty parlours, carpenters, and farming, who too have left Kashmir.
Even though, there is slight improvement in the situation but the outside officials and skilled labourers are reluctant to return to the Valley to resume work on developmental projects.
"Under the present circumstances, it is not possible to re-start work in the Valley," a labourer said, while boarding a bus for Jammu, said.
Almost five lakh labourers from Bihar, West Bengal Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, come to Kashmir every year to make their bread and butter.
These days rarely any non-local labourer could be found across the Valley.
Developmental works in Kashmir are dependent on these many skilled labourers.
An official of roads and buildings department said some projects only require skilled labourers who are mostly non-locals. "When they left the Valley how is it possible to restart the work on various developmental projects," the official said.
He said government has asked the non-local officials and labourers (engineers and skilled workers) to resume their work but they have refused so far.
"We want outside engineers and other skilled labourers to return back but they seem reluctant to come here. The developmental works have been hit. The work on major construction projects is not possible unless these people return to the Valley," he said.
He said most of the works of PMGSY, CRF, ERA are being done by non-local skilled labourers. "The developmental works have been stalled. Government can't do anything as outside and local skilled labourers are reluctant to work on developmental projects under the present circumstances," he added.
The Kashmir has a limited working season from April to October and the region's developmental activities are worst affected when there is delay in the approval of annual plan from the centre or there is some disturbance in the Valley.
In Kashmir over Rs 2000 crore worth projects are at different stages of executions.
The government had set the target to complete almost 1900 languishing projects by end of this year.
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