Lahore - Cement industry has urged FBR to exclude cement from the third schedule sales tax act which has resultantly increased the cost of the cement and is burdening the pocket of consumers.

“The government can provide the needed respite to both the cement industry and the consumers by considering recommendations that were promulgated by the industry in its budget proposals for the year 2013 to 2014,” said the APCMA spokesperson. He added that this initiative will resolve the mental dilemma that cement industry is facing at the moment which is whether to overcharge the consumers located near cement plants or incurr loss by supplying cement in hilly areas at cost. It will also prove beneficial in reducing the cement prices hence increasing consumption and government revenues eventually. He explained that it is in the larger interest to revive the old practice of selling cement through the wholesale mechanism and sales tax collection on ex-factory prices for different market areas as dynamics of every province and region is different in Pakistan.