Cement prices cut in Himachal

Shimla : After ignoring the Himachal Pradesh government’s directions for months to reduce the prices of cement , companies have finally agreed to reduce the prices , a spokesman of the state government said here today .

“All the three cement companies in the state , ACC , Ambuja and Jaypee have agreed to reduce the price of a 50 kg cement bag by Rs 25 with immediate effect ,” the official said .

This was revealed after a meeting by the state chief minister P.K.Dhumal with the representatives of the companies earlier today .

The state government has also directed all deputy commissioners to ensure that the price list of the revised cement rates is displayed by all retail dealers .

The prices of cement for the past few months were at least Rs 25 more than the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana .

The opposition Congress had been criticising the ruling BJP for not being able to bring down the prices .

A week ago the state’s industry minister had even warned firms that the state could withdraw government incentives if the prices were not brought down .

ON the other hand the cement makers argued that the prices of cement were decontrolled by the Centre the state government’s could not force them to bring down prices .

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