Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday expressed serious concern over diminishing traditional businesses of Kashmir and urged the youth to evince interest in old means of trade while starting their new business ventures.
Mirwaiz stated this while inaugurating a business venture in Rainawari area of Downtown Srinagar. On the occasion, Mirwaiz urged youth to find ways and means of establishing businesses where in they can sustain their livelihood in an honest manner as prescribed by the Islam.
“In any business venture hard work is critical for its success. Similarly, the respect for dignity of labour is a basic requirement for any nation to progress,” said Mirwaiz.
Mirwaiz, while addressing a large number of youth, said apart from carpet and shawl industry Kashmir has been known for its other traditional handicrafts such as namdahkari, copper, silver paper machie. “But all these seem to be losing their relevance with each passing day as today’s youth seem not he be inclined towards these ventures,” he said.
“Kashmir is fast losing these traditional means of business which is a great cause of worry and concern,” he said.
He said as unemployment has touched new heights, “it is unfortunate that while lakhs of non-state residents are earning their livelihood in Kashmir as there is dearth of skilled labour why can’t the Kashmir youth do the same and sustain their livelihood.”
He urged youth to evince interest in reviving the Kashmir’s age old traditional business activities stating that “youth can really excel and innovate if they take traditional business as means of livelihood.”
Mirwaiz also laid emphasis on the growing social evils stating that the incidents of suicides by young girls and boys has shown a sudden spurt. “It’s unfortunate that many incidents of new born babies being abandoned tell us about the state of affairs in our society which is quite alarming,” he said.