Ensure quality, price control of cement: Zulfkar to cement industry

Excelsior Correspondent

Minister for CAPD, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali chairing a meeting at Srinagar on Wednesday.
Minister for CAPD, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali chairing a meeting at Srinagar on Wednesday.

SRINAGAR, Sept 23: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today asked people affiliated with the cement industry to maintain the product quality and price control.
The Minister said this in a meeting with the private players of state’s cement industry today.
Issuing strict warning against the mal-practitioners, the Minister directed the concerned officers that anyone found indulging in unfair trading practices to take advantage of the situation should not be spared and strict action should be taken against the culprits.
He was assured by the directors of various private cement companies that from last three years they have not raised their prices and they are not intending to do any such thing in the near future also.
The Minister said that he wants a healthy competition in the industry. However, it should not be at the cost of customer.
He was apprised that the industry faces problems due to erratic power supply for which the Minister assured them that he would hold a meeting with the Commissioner PDD and Chief Engineer PDD to resolve their issue.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Tramboo Cements, Khyber Cement, ACC Cements, TCI Cements, Saifco Cements.
Secretary, CA&PD,  Saurabh Bhagat, General Manager J&K Cements, Qasim Ahmad, Chief Engineer PMGSY, D.D. Gorka, Director Industries, Nazim Khan and other officers were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Minister asked for the increase in the number of Aadhar enrollment machines in the state to speed up the enrollment process.
The Minister said this during a review meeting where he was apprised about the status of Aadhar enrollment and Aadhar seeding by head of National Population Register (NPR).
During the meeting, HNPR, J&K, C. S.  Sapru informed that so far 72 lakh people in the State have been enrolled, where as Aadhar generation has been done for 60 lakh people.
Sapru informed that presently 400 machines are in use for registration. However, the Minister asked to arrange for at least 800 machines so that the target could be achieved within the stipulated time.
While asking the DCs to involve Social Welfare and Education Departments in the process and ensure the Aadhar seeding is done immediately after the enrollment, the Minister also directed the DCs to do the regular monitoring of the vendors involved in the registration.
The Minister also called upon the representatives of various oil companies including Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation providing cooking gas in the state to increase their Aadhar seeding numbers.

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