Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare cement as controlled item and bring it under the Essential Commodities Act to make it cheaper in the state.
The move was taken after cement manufacturers in the state refused to cut down its prices, officials said.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Dhumal said it is a matter of concern that cement produced in Himachal is cheaper in Punjab and Haryana than that of its producing state.
The Chief Minister said the problem of higher price of cement in the state started after the commodity was decontrolled in 2002 and exempted from the purview of Essential Commodities Act to facilitate market competition.
He said the decontrol of cement has hit the consumers hard in Himachal instead of benefiting them.