Srinagar, May 25: To mark their protest against anti industrial policies of Jammu and Kashmir government, Stone Crusher Association (SCA) today staged a massive protest in Srinagar on the eve of opnigday of 2016 budget session and demanded immediate scrapping of SRO-105 issued during Governor’s Rule on March 31, which imposes blanket ban on any sort of mining.
Over 200 hundred activists of SCA led by Ch Charan Singh assembled at Partap Park and raised anti-government slogans.
Speaking on the occasion, Charan Singh said that government tried to nurture mine mafia in the state by issuing SRO-105 , which barred the poor stone crusher to participate in the auction because none of them have 2 crore annual retune.
Elaborating further he said that according to this SRO a blanket ban is imposed on any sort of mining from anywhere which has brought the Stone Crusher Industry to a standstill and mine mafia will takeover the industry like other parts of country.
Not only Stone Crusher Industry, but, the entire associated businesses, particularly construction have been razed to ground, he said, adding that millions to whom these businesses were rendering employment and were fully dependent on this industry for their livelihood have been left jobless and their families are forced to suffer.
He stated that on one hand the Government is urging entrepreneurs to come and invest in the State and on the other hand it is adopting anti-industry policies which are beyond imagination.
He urged Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Industries and Commerce to intervene and direct concerned authorities to immediately revoke this anti industry SRO.
He said that stone crusher units are playing a vital role in the development of the State as well as the nation and no development can be carried out without this industry and as now the popular Government is in place it must act immediately to save this vital industry and lessen the miseries of common people.
Others present Raj Paray, Arshad Mir, Wasim, Gian Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Arun Sharma.