In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, unending cordon and search operations, crackdowns and raids by Indian army, paramilitary forces and police, together with long-drawn power outages have taken a huge toll on the Kashmiris economically.
Cool point owners in various parts of Kashmir have stopped stocking ice cream due to unscheduled power breakdowns, some believe a deliberate move by the fascist Modi government in India to cripple the Kashmiris economically.
“There is no point in storing ice cream if it’s going to melt. We have stopped selling ice cream due to frequent and unscheduled power cuts,” said Ashiq Hussain, a cool point owner. He said they are seeing massive losses and administration is not paying any attention to them. He added that in past 24 hours he has suffered a loss of around Rs 30,000 due sudden breakdown in electricity.
A famous ice cream “Desi” in Handwara has disappeared from the markets as the owners have stopped manufacturing it due to frequent power cuts.
Bilal Ahmed from Yaroo village of Handwara said that the ice cream, popularly known as ‘Desi’ has a huge demand because of its taste and quality, but unfortunately due to shortage of electricity, they have reduced the supply, as our vendors are not able to store it.
“This week, I have supplied around 5 thousand pieces to vendors, which they have returned, as it got melted, now we have to remanufacture it,” he added.—KMS