With an aim to launch joint struggle against the alleged anti-industry policies of the state government, industrialists and traders are all set to set up a united forum comprising all major associations of different industries. The forum is expected to take its final shape on August 16.
"The state government gradually try to divide the industrial associations by announcing its policies against some factions of traders. Hence it was a requisite to bring the entire community under one umbrella," said president of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Associations Gursharan singh.
Jalandhar is the hub of several industrial units, such as hand tool, pipe fitting, leather, sports goods, valves and auto parts, but all the had different associations and thus were struggling to raise issues concerning the particular industry, Singh said.
"More than 70 associations so far have supported the idea of constituting a joint platform, so that issues are handled effectively," Singh added.
"On August 16, a meeting of the representatives of all industries and traders has been fixed and after having a thorough discussion, a joint action committee will be set up," he added.
The idea of constituting a joint action committee was mooted during the recent struggle on the issue of e-trip, which was imposed on the manufacturers of six specific goods. However, some of the issues got settled after industrialists had a meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
"We are facing difficulty due to non-payment of the outstanding refunds of Value Added Tax (VAT) and the issue was raised to the deputy CM, who assured payment of VAT refund by September 15," Singh said. adding that a delegation would soon meet the concerned department to get relaxation on getting the C-form for at least three years.
"It is very difficult to obtain the C-form, mandatory for inter-state business transactions, traders should get relaxation of it while getting the VAT refund," Singh said.