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 The Germany-Test Consortium (GTC), the contractor of the mine, has started quarrying in three shifts at the Madhyapara stone quarry in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur yesterday, reports samakal.com. ABM Kamruzzaman, managing director of Madhyapara stone quarry, said that as a result of starting stone extraction in three shifts, it will be possible to extract about 5,000 metric tons of stone daily. So that the profit trend of stone mining will continue, reports kalerkantho.com.
 After the agreement with GTC for maintenance, management and production of Madhyapara stone quarry, this stone quarry became a profitable company for the first time in the last financial year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the extraction of stones in this mine has been stopped since March 26.
As a result, about 800 workers became unemployed.
They started mining at different times, held human chains, protests and sit-ins on various demands including payment of arrears of wages. They also demanded a 5 percent increase in basic pay, holiday pay and allowances, immediate extraction of stones from the mines, provision of risk allowance to the workers, extraction of stones in four shifts and provision of life insurance to the workers.
Four months later, the quarrying began on 13 August. After that, the authorities started lifting stones in two shifts from September 1. On an average about 3.5 thousand metric tons of stone was being extracted in two shifts.