Protests against hike in royalty by G&M department

Protests against hike in royalty by G&M department

By Ishfaq Reshi
Srinagar: A large number of mining-laborers staged a protest on Saturday at Srinagar against the exponential rise in royalty and demanded revocation of new government order.
“We had been paying a royalty of Rs 113 to Geology and Mining department since 1947. In Dec 2015, it was raised to Rs 175. But after the formation of new PDP-BJP government, it has been raised to Rs 1900, which is hefty and unbearable,” said Ubaid Ahmad, a protestor.
The protestors said that livelihood of a large number of laborers and truckers depend on these quarries.  Most of the protestors hailed from Zewan, Pantha chowk and Athwajan areas.
“On one side, the government is talking about generating livelihood through various means and on the other hand they are depriving us of ours by raising royalty,” said Ubaid.
Chanting the slogans, the protesters demanded revocation of new government order.
They threatened to launch an agitation and stage an indefinite hunger strike if the government did not revoke the order within coming days.

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