Quarry holders stage protest in Srinagar ‘Don’t deprive us from our livelihood’

Quarry holders stage protest in Srinagar ‘Don’t deprive us from our livelihood’

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Srinagar, Oct 29, CNS: The quarry holder Sunday staged a protest against State Government at Press Enclave Srinagar.
The protest was organized by United Quarry Association and Himalayan Quarry and Tipper Association.
The protesters said that they should be allowed to work in their respective quarries at Athwajan and Panthachowk while ban imposed by the government should be revoked.
“Government had initiated a process to shift us to Zewan and Shaleguph but there people raise objections and don’t allow us to work. We don’t know what has been happening. The government has snatched our livelihood,” the protesting quarry holders told news agency CNS.
They said before issuing ban order, the government didn’t take quarry holders into confidence given the fact they pay taxes in the form of Royalty towards Geology and Mining Department and in return get permission for extraction of stones for sale.
“We urge upon to government to resolve our issue amicably. We have been facing hardships while the government’s attitude has rendered us jobless,” the quarry holders said.
They said that they have been called by Divisional Commissioner for a meeting scheduled on Monday and they hope Div Com will understand their problem and will resolve the issue. (CNS