New Delhi, November 9, 2022: Mobilized by the call of the All India Brick and Tile Manufacturers Federation (AIBTMF), brick kiln owners from across India have announced an indefinite sit-in protest at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan from Thursday to present their demands. They expressed their displeasure at the staggering GST hike that could push crores of India’s poor into destitution and unemployment,
Manufacturers and brick kiln owners mentioned the sit-in protest will be to draw the attention of the government towards solving many problems of the industry, including the reduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), making flexible and simplification of pollution compliance rules.
The industry players said, “Due to the steep increase in GST and the impractical rules for zig-zag kilns, it has become very difficult to operate brick kilns in the current environment. Therefore, the impractical and unreasonable rate hike should be withdrawn by the government.”
AIBTMF patron Anant Nath Singh said in the press conference, “The apathy of the government towards the brick kiln owners is increasing. If the attitude of the government remains like this, then about 3+ crore workers will lose employment in India, for which the government will have to take full responsibility. GST from 1 percent to 6 percent and 5 percent to 12 percent has been imposed on the brick kiln owners, due to which they are facing a lot of loss.Coal is the main fuel for making bricks, but the rise in coal prices has made it difficult to run the kilns. Coal prices are skyrocketing. The government should control the price of coal and provide cheap, good coal at floor rate. Moreover, the black marketing of coal should stop. Along with this, permission should be given to the state governments to carry out mining of brick kilns with JCB machines.”
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On the occasion, owners and representatives of the brick kiln industry were present, including Anant Nath Singh, Ombir Singh Bhati, Atul Kumar Singh, Gopi Srivastava, Murari Kumar alias Mannu, Vijay Goel, Ratan Srivastava, Jai Karan Gupta, and Ghanshyam Das Chhavda.