Short of century, 97 hartals in 2018; Loss worth crores in tourism sector
Kochi: While in 2017, there were 121 hartals, in 2018, it nearly missed a century, at 97. It has become a trend to observe hartals. 100 hartals take place on an average every year in the state creating a loss worth crores in the business and tourism sectors.
According to government records, around 1.65 crore domestic as well as foreign tourists visit Kerala, that is, 70,000 per day. The hartals create a loss worth Rs 200 crore a day in the tourism sector, as per records released by Kochi Travel Mart Society (KTM) in a meeting held in Kochi.
Some of the demands raised at the meeting was to seek government and police aid to ensure right to move freely, avail compensation against problem-makers of hartals using photos and videos as evidence and take action on contempt of court if the HC order on right to move freely is violated.
Also they have decided to ask the government to call for an all-party meeting to make compromise talks within the parties to protect the rights of people and provide space for them to lead a peaceful life. A combined forum will be set up in coordination with all trade centers to fight hartals.
Former presidents Riyas Ahmed, EM Najeeb, Jose Dominic and Karma Sena convenor and former president Abraham George also attended the press conference.