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As situation improves non-local labourers return to Kashmir valley
10/22/2019 9:59:47 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Seventy nine (79) days after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu & Kashmir, the non-local labour force has started to return to the valley. This has given an impression that things are slowly, but surely returning to normal in Kashmir.
Early Times has received reports through sources from different areas that the non-local labourers both skilled as well as non-skilled have returned from their native states. These labourers have resumed their business in the valley thus acting as relief for the local population of the valley.
"In the Kashmir valley lakhs of non-local labourers used to work in different capacities before the abrogation of special provisions given to Jammu & Kashmir. Following the abrogation, lion's share of these labourers fled from the valley and returned to their respective states," said sources.
Sources said that as the situation started to improve and restrictions were eased gradually in the valley the non-local labour force started to come back and resumed their functioning. These people are getting support from the locals and they are finding no threat whatsoever from any quarter in the valley.
It would be in place to mention here that lakhs of labourers both skilled and non-skilled come from states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan and work in different districts of Kashmir. A good portion of the outsiders are working as domestic helpers in Srinagar and other places of valley.
"Over the years the non-local labourers have been discharging services in different capacities and have been receiving hefty sum in lieu of services. The presence of non-local labourer force in fact made the local labourer force as irrelevant since the locals would prefer outside labourer instead of own one," said sources.
The development works were badly affected in Srinagar and other places of Kashmir as soon as the special provisions were abrogated and the non-local labour force left the valley. The development came to a grinding halt and the same is yet to pick up the pace.
"It is expected that the return of non-local labour force would give a fillip to the stalled development works in the Kashmir valley. Since the winter season is all set to start it is important that the suspended works are restarted and then completed well within the deadline," said sources.
Sources said that officers as well as officials have already been asked to speed up the pace of development works in Kashmir valley. It has been stressed that double and triple shifts of works is taken up so that the development works are completed well within the stipulated time.
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