Nadaun traders protest against Excise and Taxation dept raids
Traders of Nadaun town of the district closed their shops on Thursday in protest against repeated raids on their establishments by the department of excise and taxation. The only shops doing business were of chemists, vegetable shops, and a few confectionaries.punjab Updated: Dec 12, 2013 18:20 IST
Traders of Nadaun town of the district closed their shops on Thursday in protest against repeated raids on their establishments by the department of excise and taxation. The only shops doing business were of chemists, vegetable shops, and a few confectionaries.
Protestors raised slogans against the department and warned them to stop their repressive activities, failing which the traders would be "compelled to spearhead their agitation".
Nadaun is the hub of the business activities of wholesale food grains, grocery items and other consumer related items. Since it is located on the border of Hamirpur, people from Kangra also visit Nadaun to purchase household items.
Traders said that separate teams of the department raided their premises from time to time, which was detrimental to the cause of the trading community.
Vinod Kumar, the pradhan of the Nadaun beopar mandal, alleged that the department was adopting a repressive attitude towards the trading community and harassing them for no valid reasons.
"The department officials search our premises time and again without any reasons. There is no justification on the part of the department to make unnecessary searches when we give proper bills aginst our goods," said Kumar.
State excise and taxation commissioner Rajinder Singh Negi told HT that he had sent a senior officer of the department to meet the traders and address their grievances so that there was no misunderstanding between the trading community and the department.
He, however, said that the recent raids were on basis of complaints made to the state government by local people about tax evasion by the traders of various parts of the district, especially Nadaun.
Negi clarified that there was no intention of the department to harass the traders and all out efforts would be made to have cordial relations with the trading community.