ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Health Hazards of Workers in Nuclear Industry

fuel-efficiency, production costs should decline. From the arguments put forth by the industry this does not seem to have happened. Till recently the industry was also advocating total decontrol in view of the easy supply situation. Recent reports, however, indicate that though the government is examining the proposal for total decontrol, it has not generated enough enthusiasm among the cement manufacturers. It now transpires that some of the manufacturers are not keen on total decontrol. The proposal was mooted by the industry when the open market prices were ruling firm at Rs 75 to Rs 80 per bag. Now the same is marked down to around Rs 65 per bag. Hence some manufacturers feel that the levy mechanism is useful to maintain open market prices at reasonable levels, Of course, some of the companies with modern large-scale, fuel- efficient plants enjoying brand popularity may prefer total decontrol but others may find it difficult to sell their product in the nearby markets. This is particularly true of very old units which are not in a position to produce quality cement at reasonable cost.

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