Brick kiln owners have given an ultimatum to the state government, asking them to take action against “brick mafia” which was not allowing them to operate properly in Punjab.
A rally was also organised by the District Brick Kiln Owners' Association and Construction Workers' Federation of India which started from Punjabi Bhawan and culminated at Mini-Secretariat in which the owners of brick kilns asked the state government that they would be allowed to operate without any hindrance in their work.
Owners also alleged that political leaders from the ruling SAD-BJP alliance were working as brick mafia and were not allowing them to work in Punjab.
The members of the association had recently said that some persons with political backing were not allowing them to work for nine-month period when kilns operated.
The owners of the association have also given an ultimatum to the state government that if the government would not take action against “brick mafia” by Friday, they would go on an indefinite strike, which would be held at Mini-Secretariat.
Darshan Singh, district president of the association, said brick mafia was not allowing them to operate due to which cost of bricks would skyrocket, “thus giving profits to the mafia.
He said with the closure of brick kilns for more than three to four months, the production would decline and prices would go up.
Usually the brick kilns start operations by September 15 every year after closing down for at least three
to four months. “We are not being allowed to operate the kilns even now due to pressure from different persons who have political backing,” said Darshan.
Tarsem Jodhan, national vice-president of the federation, said with different mafias, including drug and transport among others operating in Punjab, now “brick mafia” had also come into being.
These are the failed policies of the SAD government that has allowed some of its close people to loot the people of the state by any means.