Owners and employees of stone-crushing units took to the streets of DI Khan on Thursday to protest against increments in crush royalty. This is a tax paid to the government for the ongoing use of stone-crushing sites.
They blocked Galoti Road and shouted slogans against the provincial government for increasing the royalty by 500%. According to the protesters, the PTI government had previously imposed a tax of Rs10 per tonne. However, the amount has now been increased to Rs60. The protesters said the increment was unacceptable as they could not afford to pay so much.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015.
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