Hitting hard at the BJP government decision on prices of cement, Leader of the Opposition Vidya Stokes is not impressed and terms a cut of Rs 25 per bag as “too little, too late”.

Vidya Stokes said that cement is still cheaper in the neighbouring states and its price should have been reduced by at least Rs 50 per bag. She said the reduction had also made it obvious that the Chief Minister was trying to shirk responsibility by unnecessarily writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring the commodity under the Essential Commodities Act (ESA).

The issue was that cement was being sold in the state at higher rates for which there was no justification and the ESA was irrelevant as it was a national issue and cement had been decontrolled in the entire country and not only in Himachal.