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Irked industrialists to knock CM’s door

india Updated: May 22, 2011 00:18 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Around 17 industrial associations have decided to stage a demonstration outside Haryana chief minister’s residence at Pandit Pant Marg in New Delhi on June 11. They are protesting against the implementation of the Estate Management Procedures (EMP) 2011.

Calling the EMP provisions as illegal and unfair, Udyog Vihar Chambers’ president Col Raj Singla said, “Charging more than twice the registration fee, in the name of transferring fee and levying lease amount on freehold properties, creates dissuading business environment.”

The industrial associations have reportedly hired SP Jain as their lawyer and have planned to move the high court. Jain is a former MP.

“There is a provision in the EMP, wherein the Hsiidc (Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation) will charge 50% of the rental collection from us, which is baseless. What’s the point of calling the property as freehold when they put such noose-tightening provisions? Even a mafia wouldn't charge this much of the rental income from businessmen,” added Singla.

Like Udyog Vihar industrialists, businessmen from Manesar, too, are outraged. “We’ve written many letters to the chief minister, but to no avail. No one listens to us. The Hsiidc is getting autocratic in resuming our plots. I've been running my business since 2004, but as per the Hsiidc records, my business shut down in 2008. They are now planning to resume my factory,” said Ameena Sherwani, from the Manesar Industrial Welfare Association (Miwa).

However, the Hsiidc officials refute the allegations levelled by the industrialists and claim that the latter haven’t read the new policy before deciding to slam it.

“No one has compared the new policy with the old one. We conducted a series of meetings with industrial associations and sought their suggestions before drafting the pro-business policy. To apprise them of the advantages, we will hold workshops on June 3 (Udyog Vihar) and on June 4 (IMT Manesar),” said Divya Kamal, deputy general manager (estates), IMT Manesar, Hsiidc.

At workshops, industrialists will be offered to sign an undertaking, which will read that they accept the new policy. Those who toe in line will fall under the new policy, while the rest will remain under the old EMP. The process of signing undertakings has to be finished by June 30.

Industrialists’ Grouse
Hsiidc Defence
The corporation is demanding 50% of the rental value, which is a very high amount for us.
We'll charge only one-time amount. Unlike the old policy, there is no cap on the number of tenants.
Hsiidc is charging us transfer fee when we transfer (sell) the plot. When the registration fee is paid to the govt, why is it levied on us?
The charge is levied only when the plot is transferred within five years of allotment.
Our interests are not being taken care of. The Hsiidc just wants to make money and harass small and medium entrepreneurs.
We spent over one year meeting industrial associations and sought their suggestions or feedback. They are now up in arms.
The Estate Management Procedures 2011, which is anti-business, is being imposed on us.
It’s not must to sign the undertaking. Those willing to stay out don’t need to sign it. They will
fall under the old EMP.