Anantnag : After this news paper carried a report regarding the violation of government fixed brick rates by the brickkiln owners in southern Anantnag district, administration has launched a crackdown against the violators.
The then deputy commissioner Anantnag last year had fixed the brick rates at 21000 rupees excluding carriage after the brickkiln owners under the garb of lockdown hiked the brick price by 10000 rupees.
Few days back, after this news paper carried a story titled ‘Bricks turn gold in Anantnag , sell at 30000’ , the newly joined DC asked the committee to go tough against the brick kiln owners not abiding the rates fixed by the government.
Acting on the directions of DC, the four member committee headed by ADC Anantnag, Shiekh Mohammad Hassan, raided many brickkilns in different areas of the district in last few days. During the raids three brickkilns , an official said, three brick kilns were sealed after being found violating the notified rates. Assistant director, consumer affairs and public distribution (CAPD) , Wali Mohammad said that the brick kilns were sealed for overcharging.
“All the three kilns were sealed after being found selling bricks without billbooks and not giving reciepts to the people purchasing bricks,” AD said.
Five other brickkilns, he said were also raided. However, when the team reached kilns, owners of all of them had fled.
“When we raided them owners of all of them had fled. We later served them notices and asked them to appear before the committee head. But so far none of them has appeared before the committee. If they fail to appear within a couple of days, their kilns will also be sealed,” AD said.
The officials, during the raid, the official said, also strictly directed other brickkiln owners to sell quality bricks with proper weight and dimension and with notified rates.
Asked about the dumping of bricks by kiln owners resulting into the halting of constructions, AD said said ,”I have conveyed it into the notice of DC sahab. I have suggested to sell the bricks on spot from from all the kilns dumping bricks in presence of police,”.