Lawmaker protests against quarry ban at Pantha Chowk

BK News Desk/Srinagar
December 4, 2016 CITY 296 Views

The quarry workers who have been protesting for the past five days had an unusual participant. The participant who was the centre of attraction was the local MLA Sonawar constituency Mohammad Ashraf Mir who too raised slogans in favour of quarry holders at Pantha Chowk area of city outskirts.
The protesters had gathered under the banner of United Quarry and Himalaya Quarry Association while a large number of people affiliated with the quarry work participated in the protest who expressed resentment over the government decision to stop the quarry holders from extracting stones from the quarries at Panthachowk and Athwajan.
The legislator who supported the protest said that it was an unreasonable and illogical decision on part of the government top official and it ought to be revoked. Mir said that he will personally meet the Chief Minister and will request her to look into the matter.
Mushtaq Ahmed, President United Quarry Association said that the government decision has hit thousands of people associated with the quarry business badly. “There are workers who don’t’ have any other means to earn a living. We all have been suffering. The participation of the legislator in our protest encouraged us and we are hopeful government will reconsider their decision,” he said.
The protestors assembled were demanding revocation of SRO 105 which has been termed “illogical and mindless.” (CNS)

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