Srinagar, Dec 17: The proposed implementation of National Security Bill sparked protests in Srinagar city for the fifth consecutive day.
The protesters blocked boulevard road for hours near Brein Nishat and appealed the government to revoke the food act.
Police diverted the traffic near Oberoi Palace after protesters did not allow vehicular movement on the road. The protesters said that Food Security Bill is good for states like Uttar Pradesh or Bihar as majority of the consumers in these states live Below Poverty Line (BPL) while in Jammu and Kashmir more than 70 per cent population fall under the category of Above Poverty Line (APL).
“If this bill is introduced in Jammu and Kashmir, people will be forced to buy ration from markets on higher rates. If the Bill is implemented, it would lead to inflation,” a protester told CNS.
Protests against the implementation of the Food Security Bill were also reported from Rajbagh area of Srinagar city.
The protesters, mostly females, amid anti-government slogans warned if the proposed bill is implemented in State, they will stir an agitation against the government. (CNS)