As soon as business resumed on Friday in the lower house of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, the Opposition National Conference (NC) and Congress disrupted the proceedings over controversial SRO-105 that allows non-state subjects to participate in bidding for mineral excavation in the state.
While the Congress party stormed into the well of the house, NC also staged protests against the SRO, which they alleged was an assault on Article 370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress MLA GM Saroori, from Inderwal constituency of Kishtwar district in the Jammu region, said SRO-105 was a violation of Article 370.
“Non-locals, particularly from Punjab will get contracts and take over the entire business, involving the lives of lakhs of state subjects of the Jammu and Kashmir. Those involved in the mining from Kashmir and Jammu have also expressed their concern since it will badly affect them,” Saroori said.
Communist Party of India (CPI-M) Member Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that a House Committee be set up to examine this controversial SRO.
“We demand revocation of SRO 105, which permits non-state subject bidders to encroach upon the legitimate concerns of the locals,” he said.
“Honorable MLAs raised the issue of raising their perks. I have been supportive of this. But as far as I am concerned there is no reason to raise the perks of the MLAs but as far as other issues are concerned they should be looked upon. The concerns of the ministers should be taken care of,” he added.