SRINAGAR: As soon as business resumed on Friday in the lower house of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, the Opposition National Conference 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, National Conference 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 G. M. Saroori from Inderwal constituency of Kishtwar district in 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 told ANI here.
Communist Party of India (CPI-M) Member Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said 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 MLA’s 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 MLA’s but as far as other issues are concerned they should be looked upon. The concerns of MLA’s should be taken care of,” he added.