Bhalla criticizes Govt for spoiling liquor trade in J&K

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JAMMU: Senior Congress leaders Raman Bhalla has expressed concern over the anti trade policies of the BJP government and UT administration especially to sell the local the resources and trade to the outside people at the cost of local traders and stakeholders.
The common man can’t afford the rates and people are suffering a lot.
“Now the government has decided to spoil the liquor trade in Jammu as a result several traders shall be uprooted while the future generations would be spoiled and such policies for the sake of earning revenue at the plight of the people,” he said.
Interacting with local traders, JKPCC senior leader has said that the BJP government only wants to earn revenue out of anything at the cost of people who are suffering on multiple fronts and have to pay from their nose.
He said that those who voted and supported BJP in the past, are now regretting for giving absolute power to the party which is now taking anti people, anti Jammu decisions and looting the people through taxes and earnings.
These anti people policies of the BJP have caused great resentment amongst the people who are being fleeced from all sides, he added.
Bhalla further said that earlier the government sold the minor minerals and the people are paying heavy price due to loot and unprecedented price of the sand and Bajri.
He reiterated his Party’s demand for rollback of existing geology and mining policy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Highlighting the lacunas in the existing mining policy, Bhalla said it is because of the present policy that there is an acute shortage of construction material in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The shortage and illegal mining has not only led to skyrocketing prices of construction material like sand, stones, gravel, aggregate etc but it has significantly halted the construction works including the government’s prestigious developmental projects,” he added.
Bhalla said that not only prices of raw material have skyrocketed, but the livelihood of lakhs of families was severely affected.
“Extraction of sand, gravel, boulder stones etc. is halted. Similarly, easementary rights of residents of J&K have been compromised. Business of Quarry Owners, Crusher Owners, Tipper Owners, Tractor Owners, Hot-Mix & Wet-Mix Plant Owners, Drivers, Masons and other concerned people has been jeopardized. This way the existing mining policy has tremendously added to the unemployment scale in J&K,” Bhalla remarked.
He said families associated with the mining sector want a revised and comprehensive mining policy that will ensure the inherent rights of the natives on their natural resources.
“The new policy should ensure employment for skilled and unskilled youth of J&K. It should also regulate market prices of construction material. The new policy should ensure hassle-free developmental work and it should end discrimination with residents of J&K,” he demanded.
Bhalla reiterated that the party will continue to fight against the alleged anti-J&K policies adopted by BJP since it assumed power at centre. Former Minister said that atmosphere in the country at present is such that people are not able to live peacefully.