Ludhiana, January 9, 2015: Senior leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and chairman of District Planning Board Hira Singh Gabria on Thursday met the representatives of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal here, to know about the problems being faced by the traders across the state.
On the occasion, Gabria assured that the state government completely stood by traders and industrialists of the state and said he would take-up all the problems and grievances of trade and industry with Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. He also assured that he would get arrange a meeting of traders with Badal for resolving their grievances and problems.
The mandal’s state leaders Sunil Mehra (general secretary), Mohinder Aggarwal (secretary) and Charanjit Bhargav apprised Gabria that trade was passing through a critical juncture these days and red tapism was completely responsible for the present state of affairs. They pointed out that the state government was taking decisions on wrong suggestions given by bureaucrats, resulting to which more than 18,770 industries had already shifted to other states.
The traders’ leaders further said that traders belonging to the industries such as steel, cycle parts, sewing machines, hosiery, textile, yarn, readymade garments, electronics and edible oil were looking at the state government as to when it fulfilled its promises made to them. They said traders were being harassed by the department of sales tax, VAT refunds were being delayed and that was putting adverse impact on the trader activities. C forms were not available online and traders were fed up with the departmental raids on name of conducting surveys.
They urged that the state government should form a new policy for encouraging trader and industry in Punjab and provide facilities and benefits at par with other states. They pointed out that yarn arriving in Punjab from other states was cheaper than that was local manufactured because VAT was charged at 2 per cent on imported yarn compared to 6.05 per cent manufactured in Punjab. They asserted that the state government must look seriously into all these facts and genuine problems of traders.
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