JK Cements records Rs 114 cr turnover in 2017-18, highest in 5 yrs

JK Cements records Rs 114 cr turnover in 2017-18, highest in 5 yrs
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‘Rs 18 to 20 cr withheld with govt depts sole reason behind corporation’s current financial crisis’

SRINAGAR: State-owned corporation JK Cements has recorded highest ever revenue of Rs 114 crore in 2017-18, highest in last five years.
This was revealed during a review meeting of the corporation by the Vice Chairman Nazir Ahmad Yatoo at Sonwar office here on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Managing Director JK Cements, FA&CAO, DGM’s and other heads of marketing & Sales, IT and other wings.
The vice chairman apprised that the company achieved highest ever cement sales of 1,43,837 MTs during the year with a sales value of Rs. 114 crores.
As compared to the previous financial year, the corporation earned Rs 22 crore more than the year 2017-18. The above sales targets are 25000 MTs of cement sales, above what was achieved during the year 2016-17, an official handout read.
The vice chairman took the sectional review/feedback from the officials and was apprised that the previous year 2017-18 was “excellent” in terms of clinker/cement production and the losses during the said year shall be “negligible” comparing with previous years. The liabilities of the company have also been liquidated to a larger extent, it further read.
It was revealed that the present financial crisis in the company was due to non-payment of advances by engineering departments and the amount of money that remains withheld with the government departments.
“An amount to the tune of 18 to 20 crores remains withheld with government departments which has been termed as the sole reason behind current financial crisis in the corporation,” read the handout.
The meeting deliberated upon the negative impact of civil accounting in engineering departments which has closed doors for advance booking as has been in practice in last 30 years.
A draft proposal was also prepared in the meeting to be submitted to the government for overall revival of the company.
“The present state of production and support from government will help in releasing all monetary benefits to employees like pending CP fund, updating of sixth pay commission arrears and release of 39 percent dearness allowance,” it added.