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Gurgaon MSME units demand infra boost, liberal tax norms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, March 25, 2013
First Published: 02:43 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:45 IST(25/3/2013)

Industrial units of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector operating from Gurgaon have demanded better infrastructure and liberal tax norms to cope up with increasing production cost and falling profits.


A group of MSME operators has written to the cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, citing a list of “actionable” suggestions and demands to tackle decreasing export volume.

Seth, who had held a high-level meeting on the issue on March 15, has already announced formation of small groups to look into various suggestions from the MSME sector.

The meeting was attended by the MSME wing of the industry chambers and associations, including Udyog Vihar Chambers of Industries and Udyog Vihar Industrial Association.

According to the experts, absence of a dedicated organisation to ensure marketing of SME products, lack of funding support and tax relief, and short supply of power are some of the major problems that plague the MSME industry. The sector employs nearly 60 million people in more than 2.5 crore units and contributes about 40% to the country’s total exports.

“It’s not just the bad support infrastructure despite paying money to the government, we are also at the receiving end of the policies of the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is functioning mostly to the detriment of the MSME,” said Himangshu Vaish, president of the Chamber of Industries of Udyog Vihar.

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