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Our correspondent

Tarn Taran, September 16

Hundreds of contractors, masons and laborers staged a march on vehicles through villages and presented a memorandum to Cabinet Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar on Friday regarding their issues here. They were protesting the lack of adequate supply of building materials in the market.

The minister, who was in the village of Pandori Ran Singh to preside over a school ceremony, assured protesters that the issue would be resolved by October 1.

After passing through the city, they reached the village of Pandori Ran Singh where they raised slogans against the state government and demanded to ensure an uninterrupted supply of building materials in the market. They also demanded compensation for those who lost their jobs because of this problem.

They told the Minister that the scarcity of sand, gravel and other construction materials had led to the black market as a result of which the prices of these materials had risen.

Protesters said that due to soaring prices of building materials, middle-class people were unable to carry out construction activities, which made construction workers unemployed. They said most of them were unable to make ends meet.