Re-open religious places, tourism sector to revive economy: JKAP to Govt

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 7: Seeking comprehensive financial package for pony, pithu and palkiwalas, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) has appealed the Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu for his personal intervention to re-open tourism sector and religious places across Jammu and Kashmir with a motive to revive shattered economy associated with these sectors.
In a joint statement to the press statement, the former minister Aijaz Ahmed Khan, former minister Manjit Singh and senior leader, JKAP, Vikram Malhotra have appealed the Government to open the religious places so that the business associated with the religious places can be revived to support the businessmen and their families facing financial crisis with the closing of the sector.
They said that Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra, historic Raghunath Temple in Jammu’s Old City, Bawe Wali Mata Temple at historic fort near Bagh-e-Bahu, Satwari Zayarat, Shahdara Sharief Zayarat in Rajouri district, Shiv Khori in Reasi, Peer Kho cave, Shrine of Shah Asrar popularly known as Darbar-e Asrariya and Astan-e-Payeen in Kishtwar, Machail Mata, Buddha Amarnath Ji in Poonch, Chauntra Mata Temple in the hills of Ramnagar in Udhampur district and other such religiously important places should be re-opened for the visitors and devotees.
“Jammu and Kashmir has always being an attractive place for religious pilgrimage and tourism sector. However, during lockdown due to covid spread, the business establishments associated with the tourism sector and religious places have been shattered completely,” said the JKAP senior leaders while asking Government to review their decision and grant permission to re-open these places.
Similarly, they added, the tourism places like Surinsar, Mansar, Patnitop, Sanasar, Bhaderwah’s Jhai Valley and other places should be thrown open for the visitors so that the tourism sector can be revived.
“There is a need to revive the economy linked with these sectors, especially in view of suffering of the small traders, taxi operators, shopkeepers, Pony wala, Palki walas, Reheri walas and Phari walas,” JKAP leaders said demanded that Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu should personally intervene by announcing a comprehensive financial support to revival encouraging the business men, shopkeepers, hoteliers, taxi operators, and others to earn their livelihood.


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