Mizoram cement dealers down shutters to protest price hike

Newmai News Network

Aizawl | July 11

 

Dealers of cement and iron rods in Mizoram on Wednesday observed one day strike by downing shutters across the State to protest hike in cement prices by three companies – Dalmia, Star and Topcem.

 

The strike called by All Mizoram Cement and Iron Rod Dealers’ Association (AMCIRDA) was strictly observed in all parts of the State, the association secretary Henry Lalbiakzinga said. He also stated that about 130 cement and iron rod shops in Aizawl and several others across the State observed the shutter down strike. Lalbiakzinga further said leaders of AMCIRDA on Wednesday held talks with officials of Dalmia, but could not reach any agreement.

 

Lalbiakzinga then stated they will approach the Mizo Students’ Union (MSU), the second largest student body in the state, to intervene in the issue.  He also said that the three cement companies have recently hike the prices of cement in Mizoram from Rs 470 to Rs 490 per bag, which has greatly affected public consumers.

 

According to Lalbiakzinga, they have appealed to the three companies to reduce and re-instate the existing price, but to no avail.

 

More than 8 cement companies are currently operating in Mizoram.

 

Lalbiakzinga said they strongly opposed the three companies for hiking the prices of their products as it might induce other companies to raise the price of their products. He added they had also appealed to the State government to intervene in the matter.

 

According to AMCIRDA president Sangdingliana, while one cement bag is available at Rs 401 (for Dalmia) in Silchar in neighbouring Assam, it is sold at Rs 490 in Aizawl and in some other places, the price is even higher and sometimes ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 600.

 

He further said although they have tried to oppose the three companies by closing down their godowns, they continue to sell their products through their consignment and forwarding (C&F) agents.  Sangdingliana added that cement prices are likely to be hiked further during winter season if it is hiked even in rainy or off season.

 

The association then appealed to all consumers not to purchase cement at exorbitant prices.