BJP senior leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley turned the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar into a grievance cell on Wednesday.
From traders bodies to artists to tourism players, all sought the Union minister's intervention to get Kashmir back on tracks after the recent flood fury.
"There is a need to start a rehabilitation process on a war-footing, so that the sufferings of people are mitigated at the earliest," said Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad. Ahmad thanked the finance minister for acceding to an earlier request for extension of date for filing income tax returns till December 31, 2014.
Assuring full support to the flood victims, Jaitley said, "Till the last house and shop is rehabilitated we will not sit at ease."
He said the centre has already asked the insurance companies and banks to extend a liberal approach to the victims. "A moratorium on repayment of bank loans and minimum interest rates are already been started," the Union minister added.
Kashmir hotel and restaurant association president, Showkat Chowdhary, travel agents association of Kashmir member, Rouf Tramboo, and head of the houseboat owners' association and television professionals' united forum, Zamir Ashai were among other civil society members to seek the Union finance minister's help in addressing the issues faced by them due to the floods.