Small factory owners demand interest-free loans, deferment of utility bills
PESHAWAR: Small factory owners and manufacturers have demanded interest-free loans on easy conditions, deferment of electricity and gas bills for the next three months, besides devising a procedure for registration of factory workers and daily wage labour with the provincial labour department.
The demand was made in a meeting of All Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Small Industrial Estate Associations, chaired by President of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervaiz here at the chamber house on Wednesday.
Former FPCCI vice president, Haji Muhammad Iftikhar Ahmad, President Small Industrial Estate Kohat Road Peshawar, Wahid Arif Awan, Senior Vice President Abdul Rasheed, President Abbottabad Chamber Khalid Latif, Sheikh Asif, Senior Member of Mansehra Chamber Abdul Malak, Coordinator Small Industrial Estate Association KP Muhammad Younas Khattak, Chairman MMIDA Sajjad Khan, Arshad Muhammad, Mehran Afridi, Nazar Muhammad, Asadullah, Momin Afridi, Samiullah Afridi, Gul Sharif, Habibullah and others were present in the meeting.
The meeting in the resolution demanded of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) to avoid disconnections due to delay in timely payment of bills, besides to not collect additional surcharges from industrial and commercial consumers.
It also sought ban on import of marble and granite to give boost to indigenous industries. Addressing on the occasion, Maqsood Pervaiz said the small and medium enterprises and businesses had been adversely affected due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Therefore, he urged the federal and provincial governments to announce a comprehensive relief package for small industries of the province.
SCCI chief urged to defer electricity and gas bills of small and medium scale industries for the month of March, April and May and rescheduled the loans of small factories. - APP