JAMMU, Sept 22: In the wake of restrictions on lifting of sand and gravel from river beds, tractor and trolley operators have claimed that they have been rendered jobless.
In a press conference here today Tractor Trolley Owners Union president, Mohd Arif demanded relief package to save the tractor owners from starvation.
“Time and again we have taken up the matter with concerned authorities but nothing has been done in this regard so far,” he claimed adding that tractor trolley operators who had secured loans from the banks are finding it hard to pay the installments due to total collapse of their business as there are restrictions on mining besides the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Arif also said that all this has resulted in untold miseries to numerous families who are dependent on the tractor trolley business.
He also demanded waiving off of loans of the affected persons as a goodwill gesture in keeping with the fundamentals of a welfare state.
Arif also said, while mafia continue to control illegal mining, several government projects and general public is badly suffering as the rates of the building material like sand, gravel and stones have increased manifold.