The traders held a protest against the ongoing door-to-door survey by the UT excise and taxation department in
the Industrial Area on Friday.
They claimed the department teams are putting pressure on small units to produce stock registers for verification, which are hardly maintained by such units unlike large scale corporations, because of their level of business.
During the recent drives by the department, cheques of heavy amounts were also obtained in advance for charging penalty. The traders claimed the teams also locked down their premises and confiscated rough papers to calculate penalty on their own.
In a representation to adviser Vijay Dev, they said the department officials claimed they were directed to cover up the revenue collection level after considerable drop in it this year.
“However, the reduction in the prices of raw material to the tune of 30% to 40%, reduction in demand, promotion of online business, vacant plots owing to the UT’s conversion policy and global recession are the main reasons for the fall in the revenue,” they claimed.
Joint action committee convener BS Saini demanded that door-to-door survey, and the pressure tactics to impose penalty on small traders, should be stopped. They also asked to release vat refunds to the tune of 95% and rest 5% on the verification of “C” forms.