Punjab-based transporters today threatened to go on strike if the state government "forced" them to implement e-trip system, saying that it was not possible for them to provide details of goods to excise and taxation department.
"We will not allow the state government to impose e-Trip system on us. If the state government does so, then we will be compelled to go on strike," Punjab State Goods Manufacturers Association, General Secretary, Sarabjit Singh said today.
"It is impractical for us to provide details about hosiery goods through online system to excise and taxation department," said Singh.
Transporters pointed out that it was difficult to transport goods within a specified time as required in e-Trip system within Punjab in case of any situation arises like traffic jam, which is beyond their control and it would lead to imposition of heavy penalties on them.
Following a meeting between senior officials of Punjab and Excise and Taxation department and hosiery goods makers e-Trip system on July 27, the department gave an option to hosiery goods manufacturers to ask transporters to provide details about goods to be sent within Punjab under e-Trip system.
Hosiery manufacturers have also been protesting against e-Trip (Transportation Information Within Punjab) system, saying that the small and tiny units could not comply with the conditions of e-Trip system.
Notably, transporters on behalf of manufacturers provide information about 90 per cent of inter-state hosiery goods transactions to the excise and taxation department.
There has been widespread resentment among trade and industry about implementation of e-Trip system, saying that the anti-tax evasion measure system would "choke" the industrial growth.
State industry has even questioned the foolproof functioning of the E-Trip system, claiming that the new system had some technical glitches which caused delay in transportation of goods.
Punjab government has brought six commodities cotton, mustard, plywood, iron & steel (excluding scrap), yarn and vegetable oil (edible and non-edible) under E-Trip to check evasion.
Under this system, any dealer or manufacturer selling these goods within the state will be required to submit information regarding the transaction on the website of the department before physical movement of the goods takes place.
However, transactions below Rs 50,000 will be exempted.