Govt identifies places for quarry holders

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 3: Government today informed the court that under the rehabilitation policy of dislocated stone quarrying holders, some alternate places have been identified by the Government to which the counsel appearing for stone quarrying holders sought time to respond the rehabilitation scheme.
The State counsel submitted before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar that the Government has identified some alternate places in district Pulwama, Baramulla and Budgam. He, however, said there is not alternate site in district Kupwara.
Court had directed to prepare a policy for rehabilitation of dislocated stone quarry holders. The counsel appearing for stone quarrying holders submitted to respond the report so far as it mentions that there is no alternate site for rehabilitation of dislocated stone quarrying holders in district Kupwara.
“The issue of rehabilitation of stone quarrying holders has been discussed with threadbare in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Secretary to Government Industries and Commerce department in light of the reports furnished by the concerned District level Committees and Director Geology and Mining Department and thereafter the matter was taken-up with the Chief Secretary who also convened a meeting regarding the issue”, the State counsel said.
“That the issue has already been discussed in detail in the meeting and in light of the reports furnished by the District Level Committees formed for identification of alternate sites in districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Budgam”, he stated.
It may be mentioned that a committee of the officers headed by Financial Commissioner (I&C) and comprising Commissioner/ Secretary Revenue and Secretary Forest Department as members was constituted to study the issue regarding the rehabilitation of the affected persons, if any, on the basis of inputs to be furnished by Geology and Mining Department.