Anti-NFSA protests held in dozens of Budgam villages

Budgam—Scores of villages in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday protested against the recently-implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The protesters blocked roads in Beerwah, Khag, Buzgoo Nilnag while all the business establishments remained shut in these areas.
Terming the act as “anti-human”, the protesters blocked all the routes leading to Beerwah town where all the shops remained closed.
Transport facilities also remained off on Magam, Arizal, Budgam, and Chewdara roads connecting with the Beerwah town. Khurshed Ahmad Banday, a protester, said that the law is “anti-people” and that it was not possible for them to sustain on mere five kilos of rice per month.
Meanwhile, protesters from Setaharan, Drang, Shunglipora, Habber and Sugen marched towards Khag amid beating of drums.
Mohammed Ishfaq Malik, a protester, said that Khag belt of Budgam is a “dry area” where paddy was hardly cultivated. “Besides, there has been no ration for their kids below five years of age which further exacerbates their concerns. Had we been told this criteria we would have never ever filled the KYC forms either,” he added.
Traffic was suspended on various roads leading to Khag due to the protests. People from Buzgoo Nilnaag in Chadoora and Kralpathri, Yarikah, Dabipora, Rangazabal, Raiyar in Khansahab and others also didn’t allow the CAPD department to distribute the ration under the act.—GK

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