Srinagar: Chamber of Stone Crusher Owners Association (CSCOA) Lasjan on Monday said their fraternity will be on indefinite strike till ‘SRO 105’ related to royalty is no revoked, even as the association sought personal intervention of Chief Minister Mhebooba Mufti into the matter.
In a statement issued here, CSCOA General Sectary Shaiq Thakur said: “Extraction from mines and quarries has been stopped in areas like
Zewan, Pantah Chowk and Athwajan. We all stone crusher owners are on indefinite strike till this SRO is not revoked.”
Thakur said that as the business fraternity has been struggling for revival post 2014-floods, the government has compounded the woes through this SRO. “Though shopkeepers were granted some relief, to surprise our industry was left to fend for itself. This is despite the fact that our loan accounts like cash credit, term loans were left un-insured by J&K Bank branches in Lasjan, Panthachowk and elsewhere.”
“We are facing lot of difficulties as hundreds of stone crushers are craving for raw material, while thousands of workers are left unemployed. Besides, the hot mix plants and transporter related to our business are also affected,” Thakur said.
He appealed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to personally look into the matter. “We are heavily in debt, so we make a passionate appeal to the government to look into the matter,” the Chamber of Stone Crusher Owners Association said.