Brick-kiln homeowners threaten to cease manufacturing at 2,700 items; demand rollback of hike in GST

Brick-kiln homeowners threaten to cease manufacturing at 2,700 items; demand rollback of hike in GST

Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 3

The Brick-Kiln Homeowners’ Affiliation has determined to go on a strike in protest in opposition to the rise within the coal value and hike in GST. As a consequence of this, all 2,700 brick kilns within the state won’t produce any bricks within the subsequent season ranging from September.

Giving this info at a press convention right here in the present day, Brick-Kiln Affiliation of Punjab chairman and District Hoshiarpur Brick-Kiln Homeowners’ Affiliation president KK Vasal stated the trade was going through tough instances attributable to incorrect insurance policies of the federal government. He stated coal that was earlier offered at Rs 7,000 per tonne, was now being offered at Rs 21,500 per tonne. It additionally attracted 5 per cent GST.

He was accompanied by district chairman Shivdev Singh Bajwa, district common secretary Rakesh Mohan Puri, Hoshiarpur tehsil president Manish Gupta, common secretary Pankaj Dadwal, Garhshankar president Charandas Sharma and different members and office-bearers of the affiliation.

As a result of stagnation in manufacturing, there was a hazard of closure of building and growth works, he stated, including that over 5 lakh labourers related to the trade could be affected.

“As a substitute of offering aid to the trade, the federal government has elevated the GST on the bricks from 5 per cent to 12 per cent. As a consequence of this, the value of bricks has elevated,” he stated.

After the federal government directed all kilns to get a licence for getting coal and likewise deposit safety quantity, kiln homeowners deposited Rs 10,000 licence price and Rs 2,00,000 safety. Nevertheless, even after months, the kilns couldn’t get coal, stated the affiliation.

It demanded that the GST on bricks needs to be diminished from 12 to five per cent and aid needs to be offered in coal procurement. It stated if their calls for weren’t met, the manufacturing of bricks could be utterly stopped within the subsequent season ranging from September and if the necessity arises, the homeowners would cease the sale of already produced bricks.

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