Brick kiln owners call on CM

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 1: A delegation of All Kashmir Brick Manufacturers’ Association led by its president Zahoor Ahmad called on the chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday seeking resolution of problems faced by the brick industry.
The delegation informed the chief minister that the industries department was not providing incentives to brick kiln owners and that the industry had been not brought into the fold of sales tax remission under SRO-91. They also apprised him about the burden of royalty.
The delegation sought that the brick industry be either brought under SRO-91 or VAT be realized from it on lumpsum basis. The members also demanded incentives from industries department and exemption from royalty.
“They brought to the notice of chief minister the all points they had discussed with chairman Pollution Control Board at a meeting at Jammu, where he agreed that a separate survey needed to be conducted in Kashmir valley which is having separate topography and climatic conditions as compared to other states, so that new parameters will be framed with new technology. The chairman PCB was suggested to give a four year gap to the existing brick kilns and owners will install new technology accordingly,” said a spokesman of the Association in a statement today.
The chief minister assured the delegation that all genuine problems would be solved very soon. The Association thanked the chief minister and the ML M Y Tarigami who arranged the meeting.