JKAP demands financial package for businessmen, hoteliers

New entrants and leaders of JKAP posing for group photograph.
New entrants and leaders of JKAP posing for group photograph.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 30: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) held a meeting and demanded financial package for the businessmen and hoteliers of Jammu’s Old City areas and Katra known for religious tourism hub.
In a statement, J&K Apni Party senior leader Vikram Malhotra and former Minister Manjit Singh said that the business community and hoteliers have suffered financially due to the lockdown period and they have yet not recovered as the restrictions continue on religious tourism.
Under this prevailing situation, both the leaders said that the shopkeepers at Raghunath Bazaar and Katra needs financial support from the Government especially when the religious tourism has come to stand still in Jammu and Kashmir due to COVID threat.
They said that “Hundreds of families associated with the religious tourism and associated businesses are facing tough times. The Government must extend their full support and come out with a financial package for them.”
In their joint statement, they have appealed to the Government to waive off electricity bills of people in Jammu and Kashmir due to COVID lockdown.
“The private and Government offices remained closed in Jammu and Kashmir. Many people lost their jobs and the business establishments also suffered setbacks causing financial crunch to the common masses,” said the JKAP senior leaders.
Senior leader Namrata Sharma, senior youth leader Raqeeq Khan, Madan Lal Chalotra, Sandeep Gandotra, Anuj Manhas, Amandeep Chopra, Vaibhav Mattoo, Janmeet Singh Bali and others were present on the occasion.
Besides, Sohan Singh (Sony), Shardeesh Rana and Nitin Gupta facilitated joining of Romesh Mehra, Anik Shivgotra, Mahir Sharma Veerji Kachroo, Sahil Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Satdev Singh, Rakesh Sharma, Jyoti Saroop, Bishan Dass, Nirmal Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Parveen Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Yogesh Kamal and others in the JKAP.