Assembly: Uri Lawmaker Seeks Ex-Gratia Relief for NoK of Two Dead Mining Labourers

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Seeking attention of the J&K Government towards the life of labourers working in mines in state, senior lawmaker representing North Kashmir’s Uri constituency in state assembly, Muhammad Shafi Urvi, Thursday asked for ex-gratia relief for Next of Kin (NoK) to two labourers who were killed yesterday.

Speaking at the end of Question Hour, the National Conference veteran said, “labourers are working in a gypsum mine in Uri and yesterday two of them were killed when they came rolling down of a hillock.”

One more was severely injured, he added.

The incident happened in Nilosa area when the trio fell from a hillock in Bijhama area of Uri on Wednesday morning.

The deceased have been identified as Muhammad Afzal of Bijhama and Sajad Ahmad of Nilosa.

Maintaining that the locals of the area have been making subsequent aware about the risk of life at the mining site,  Muhammad Shafi Urvi took Geology and Mining Department head on for failing to take required measures.

“How and why it happened should be asked to the department concerned,” he told the house, “ they have done nothing despite reminders.”

He asked Speaker to direct PDP-BJP government to sanction ex-gratia relief to the two deceased labourers and required help to the injured. “Make arrangements and send him to outside J&K for advanced treatment,” Urvi demanded.

Meanwhile, Congress’ Bandipora lawmaker, Usman Majid demanded that June 19 SLET and PSC held 10+2 Lecturer interviews should be separated. “How can a candidate appear in both exams to be held on same day,” he told the house.

Minister Basharat Bukhari assured the house that government will look in to the matter and “something will be done”.

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