MLA backs stone crusher owners, embarrasses government

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 4

BJP MLA Ramesh Dhawala today caused embarrassment to the state government by threatening to launch a struggle in favour of stone crushers, who are on an indefinite strike in protest against the restrictions imposed by the State Pollution Control Board.

The MLA raised the issue in the Vidhan Sabha under Rule 62. A piquant situation was caused as Dhawala and Industries Minister Bikram Singh vouched for their honesty and integrity.

Dhawala, who has been on a warpath with the state leadership, demanded that the stone crushers in the state be allowed to undertake scientific mining in accordance with the norms, as there was a huge shortage of building material due to their strike.

"If you do not protect the interests of people, especially at a time when there has been huge job losses, please remember that I am a person who can struggle for anybody's cause," he warned the government amid thumping of tables by the Congress MLAs. He added that the bureaucracy could not dictate the elected representatives, as this would weaken democracy.

The Industries Minister stated that he, too, worked honestly and sincerely and never hesitated from launching a struggle for the right cause. "There is no ban on running stone crushers if you have already extracted material. Moreover, a ban on mining is imposed during the monsoons," he informed the House.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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