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Nangarhar: 33 talc mining firms cease functioning

Nangarhar: 33 talc mining firms cease functioning

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Jul 07, 2020 - 21:45

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Talc Mining Societyinfo-icon in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday said 33 talc factories had ceased functioning, rendering around 20,000 people jobless.

Talc is common ingredient in baby powder, cosmetics, paint, paper and plastics.

The society accused the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and the Economic High Council of “incorrect decisions,” which led to the closure of the factories.

The society said the problem surfaced after the Presidential Palace approved the High Economic Council and MoMP suggestion to give talc mining extraction to major contractors in the country.

Head of the Talc Mining and Processing Factories Union, Dilawar Khan Jarnialzadah, told a press conference that due to lack of MoMP long term policy and frequent change of the ministers caused the government to make such decisions.

He said, “President Ashraf Ghani has not been informed well about the situation in Nangarhar and it caused such incidents. About 33 processing factories ceased operating and around 20,000 workers lost their jobs and all mines now faced multiple issues.”

He said the government’s wrong strategy resulted in millions of afghanis loss because factories and firms had invested huge money.

Dilawar Khan warned if the same situation continued, investors would leave the country and invest aboard soon.

Niamatullah Musazai, n owner of a talc mining and processing factory, said they faced multiple issues after the government invited them to invest, but now they lacked contracts.

He added, “They will erect a protest tent in front of the governor’s house if their legal demands are not addressed.”

Jafar Omar, a tribal elder in Shirzad district, told Pajhwok that extraction of mines provided jobs to young people.

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