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Kashmir Hotel Association appeal Govt. to defer Panchayat polls

Elections to hit state’s tourism, livelihood of people: Chaya


Srinagar, Jan 30 (KNS): President Kashmir Hotel Association Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya on Tuesday appealed the Jammu and Kashmir government to defer the conduction of Panchayat polls in the state as it would prove detrimental for the forthcoming tourist season in Valley.
Chaya told KNS that he appeals the government that there should be deferment in the conduction of the Panchayat polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as there are apprehensions that if polls are held in near future, it would impact the arrival of tourists in the state and will affect the state economy.
He added that the tourism sector of the state is already reeling under the crises and there is an urgent need being felt from all corners that constructive measures are needed to be taken sans any delay to revive it. “With the conduction of Panchayat polls, the tourism industry would be affected and people associated with the sector will find it hard to earn any livelihood,” Chaya said.
He added that the Kashmir’s tourism is already bearing the brunt of 2014 floods and unrest of the year 2016 with arrivals keep witnessing a dreadful decline. “We appeal government that they should consider the plight of the people whose livelihood is associated with the tourism. The Panchayat polls should be delayed so that we could hope for a better tourist season this year,” Chaya said. (KNS)