There has been some very sharp reactions to the central government’s decision to relax 20 percent customs duty on apples imported from the US.
Kashmir based National Conference (NC) president and former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah told ANI, “When the concessions were announced during the G20, it wasn’t thought that what impact it would have on our economy. Not only Jammu and Kashmir but it will also affect Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. We grow apples – that is our major economy, walnuts too…To appease the US, they want to finish the local growers”.
He went on to appeal to the Govt of India to not take a step that would increase the poverty that is already here and people get stuck in another crisis.
“If they don’t make it easy for the people, we will take to the street and protest.”, he warned.