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Amid opposition, excise officials to launch e-trip system

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2013 18:37 IST
Sachin Sharma

Amid growing opposition against the newer version of e-trip system by industry and business community, the department of excise and taxation, as per the guidelines will start checking and educating traders for imposition of the system.

Excise and taxation commissioner Anurag Verma, had directed excise officials on Wednesday to conduct checking in the field to ensure imposition of e-trip systems and to make the traders aware about the new provision in the system.

However, no penalty will be imposed on those violating the norms till Sunday, after which violators shall be penalised.

Rishipal Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner (DETC), Ludhiana, said that as per the directions, the department officials will start infield checking from Friday and will educate the traders for use of the system. He added that the new system was more user-friendly and will help the department and traders.

Meanwhile, resentment was brewing in the industry and business community against the new version of e-trip system and both have claimed that the system will affect their functioning badly and small traders will not be able to execute the same.

A meeting of all industry and trade forum members was held at the Punjab Trade Centre, where it was decided to stage a protest against the new e-trip system at Vishwakarma Chowk on July 26. Convener of the forum Badish Jindal said that the industry and business will be affected for worse due to the new version of e-trip and the industry will oppose it vehemently.

Also, the forum decided to approach Punjab and Haryana high court against the delay in releasing the amount of value added tax (VAT) refund on account of exporters.

Lamenting the state government for the newer version of system, general secretary of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal Mahinder Aggarwal said that the industry and business will be affected as the new version will create chaos in the market as the movement of goods will suffer.

“The lower limit of Rs 50, 000 for movement of goods was too low and will bring smaller traders under its ambit. As the smaller traders are not in a position to have necessary infrastructure to implement the system, they will be an affected lot,” Aggarwal said.E further added that adding the website of the excise and taxation department creates a lot of problems during the application of e-trip.

The Knitwear Club too has opposed the newer version of the system. Chairman Vinod Thapar said that majority of the Knitwear industry being a smaller industry, will not be in a position to implement the system due to lack of infrastructure.

He added that the industry was already facing the problem of labour shortage and power cuts and it was not an appropriate to impose the system under such circumstances.

In the older version of e-trip, mandatory information on the website of department was for all the industry and business.

However, in older version, movement of goods below Rs 2 lakhs for steel and related items and below Rs 3 lakhs for other items were exempted from e-trip system.

In the newer version government has brought six items -- cotton, sarson, plywood, iron and steel (excluding scrap), yarn and vegetable oil (edible and non-edible)- under the ambit of e-trip but the system will applicable for movement of goods above value of Rs 50, 000.