A long-pending demand of industrialists in Ludhiana to establish an exhibition centre has finally bore fruit on Friday when deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that he would lay the foundation stone for it on November 1 during an interaction with traders of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
During the interaction, Upkar Ahuja, chairman, Small Industry Development Board, lauded the efforts of recently proposed Focal Point at Dhanansu as it is more than two decades since, a Focal Point was built in Ludhiana. But he also pointed out that the state government should pay attention towards the existing focal points and maintain infrastructure with proper sewerage and roads there. He also demanded that 50 acres of land should be earmarked for building flats for small scale industry at the proposed cycle valley project at Dhanansu.
“The deputy chief minister has asked us to identify the land for establishing exhibition centre and we will work out all the possible modalities with regard to the project soon. The road tax for factory buses which had been increased from `50,000 to `3,000,00 the deputy CM has assured us that by October 1, the road tax rates will be reduced,”said Ahuja.
Gurmeet Kular, chairman, Punjab Ramgarhia Welfare Board, said that the fourth stage verification must be quelled soon as it is causing huge losses and utter inconvenience to traders.
Kular also demanded that value added tax (VAT) for cycle and its parts must be reduced from 6.05% to 2.5%, then the issue of refund will be resolved automatically. He also exhorted that technology transfer from overseas is the need of the hour and concrete steps need to be taken for it.
MM Vyas, a renowned industrialists in Ludhiana, said, “The interference of police department in industrial affairs is not acceptable and the government should make strenuous efforts to stop the ill-practice rather the members of industrial boards should handle such issues. There have been false theft cases registered against small scale trader wherein the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) authorities have imposed penalties in lakhs of rupees.
UNAUTHORISED USE OF ELECTRICITY
One of the traders complained that under unauthorised use of electricity (UUE), the PSPCL department has imposed a penalty of `18 lakh which is unbearable. There are number of incidents where traders are falsely implicated by authorities under UUE. To which the deputy CM assured that steps will be taken to streamline the functioning of the department.
ARREST OF TRADERS ASSOCIATION MEMBER
Jaswinder Thukral, president of Janta Nagar Small Scale Manufacturers Association, claimed that he along with more than 250 members had planned to show black flags to the deputy CM outside Raddisson Blu hotel (one of the venues visited by him) but police conducted a house arrest and detained him inside his residence.
The claim made by Thukral, however, denied by Sanjeev Kapur, station house officer (SHO) Shimlapuri police station, saying, “We have not conducted any house arrest.”