Amid Covid-19 lockdown: Sumo drivers adversely affected in Pahalgam, demand’s compensation

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Mohmmad Iqbal

Anantnag: Amid Covid-19 lockdown, Sumo drivers in Pahalgam are getting adversely affected as they mostly depend on tourism which was badly hit first by abrogation of Article 370 and now by the pandemic.

These Sumo drivers find it tough even to meet two time meals to feed their family as Pahalgam is presenting a deserted look nowadays due to Covid 19 lockdown.

There are around 400-500 Sumo, taveera, Innova and Eco standing idle at Texi Stand Pahalgam. The owners of these have to pay their EMI. The bank will not waive off the EMIs.

Gh Nabi Lone, President Sumo Stand Pahalgam said that workers were hit the most during abrogation of Article 370 now the lockdown and the government should think about it.

He said that people involved in the taxi business in Pahalgam have been facing difficulty first by the abrogation of Article 370 now the lockdown imposed by the government to curb the coronavirus. This lockdown affects workers like us the most. Those who work in any company or the government sector are getting their salary on time but the laborers are hit badly during this period. The government should think about it and make some way so that they also should earn their livlihood.

He added that earlier, when there was the restriction during abrogation of Article 370 period in the Valley, we had faced a similar issue. Later the first wave of coronavirus came and now due to the second wave we are at the same stage. I urge the government to give us a compensation so that we can be able to fill our bank installments on time.
he said.

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