Ujjain: A special meeting of business organisations to discuss proposed business policy was held at Simhastha Fair Authority office on Thursday. A detailed discussion on the difficulties being faced by the business and commerce community after introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was also held. Officials of the commercial tax and other related departments, office-bearers and representatives of different trade organisations were present.
Speaking on the occasion, energy minister Paras Jain said a Mahapanchayat of traders will be organised in July in Bhopal so as to formulate new schemes for their welfare.MP Trade Promotion Board chairman Madan Mohan Gupta said “the business policy of the State will be made on the basis of the suggestions made by the business organisations.
The traders have the right to determine their own business policy. They should suggest how to fulfill the goal of happy businessman and prosperous businesses”. Gupta added that there was confusion among traders after implementation of the GST in the state. Although they appreciated the GST, small businessmen particularly faced procedural difficulties, he added.
Collector Manish Singh said the administration would fully cooperate towards the development of business, commerce and industries in the district. Any problem could be directed to the district administration immediately and it would be resolved promptly, he assured.
Deputy-commissioner, commercial tax department, Gopal Parmar giving details of the progress of GST said, while previously traders had to fill 3 returns in a month, the Government was now making arrangements so that the traders would have to fill only one return instead of three. He said GST facility providers are being opened by the Government at small locations, which would not only guide traders in relation to GST, but also assist them in filling GST.
At the meeting, representatives of various trade organizations viz Daulatganj wholesale grocery merchants association, mandi traders association, retail grocery merchants association, chamber of commerce, powerloom association, compost seed medicines sellers association, bada sarafa traders association, Lakherwadi traders association, Poha Parmal producer union, Laghu udyog bharti, Laghu udyog bharti (women) etc gave suggestions to improve business, commerce and industry.
Suggestions at a glance
- Reduce mandi fee.
- There should be uniformity in the duration of different types of licenses.
- Rebate of taxes should be given for processing.
- There should be uniformity in the processing charges taken by banks.
- Fast track courts should be set-up to solve the problems of traders.
- Develop a Transport Nagar in Ujjain.
- Internet connectivity should be improved.
- GST discrepancies should be removed on priority.
- By providing industry status to mandis, facilities similar to those given to industries should be provided to them.
- Simplify GST.
- Increase the limit of tax beyond Rs 20 lakh.
- All items should have the same code which can facilitate return filing.
- Get petroleum products and alcohol in the ambit of GST.
- GST should be enforced equally.
- Government should extend rebates to old industries as well.
- With the existing ban on polyethylene, its option should also be given.
- Notify the Agar Road industrial area and carry out road, drain etc construction works.
- Receipt should be given after filing GST returns.
- Go-carts and moving vendors arrangements should be streamlined in Bada Sarafa area.
- Hallmark centers should be opened by the Bureau of Indian Standards to go through the Hallmark processing.
- Dual tax system in GST should be rolled-back.
- Tax exemption in automobiles should be the same.