BBIA delegation discusses issues with Commissioner Secy PDD

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 22: A delegation of Bari Brahman Industries Association under the chairmanship of Lalit Mahajan, President, BBIA along with Ajay Langer, general secretary, Viraaj Malhotra secretary/treasurer  interacted with Dheeraj Gupta, Commissioner/Secretary PDD to discuss the issues related to Industrial Sector.
During the Course of discussions, Mahajan raised the serious concern in respect of denial of Price/Purchase Preference to local SSI Units by the PDD Department resulting great resentment among the Unit holders. He said recently the PDD Department floated some tenders & the Local SSI Units engaged in the manufacturing of Transformers quoted their rates & their rates are 7% above the landed cost of the Outside Supplier which is well within the provision of the Industrial Policy 2016 for placing orders in favour of the local SSI Units but the Department is violating the Industrial Policy 2016 by not placing the orders on the local which shows the Negative attitude of the Departments for the Growth of SSI Sector of our State. Further the matter is more complicated by the Department on the issue of Landed Cost which we termed as harassment to the local SSI Units as the landed cost always calculated on the basis of destination for the supply of goods by the outside suppliers while calculating price comparison with local SSI Units, he added.
He said as per the Industrial Policy 2016 Point No-2.16.2 by the virtue of which it is mandatory for all the Govt. Departments to purchase the material from the Local SSI Units with a price preference up to 15% on the landed cost of the outside suppliers for   all the Govt. purchases but the department is not adhering the Govt. order for the reason best known to the concerned officials of PDD.
The other issues discussed during the meeting was restoration of 24X7 Power Supply to Industrial Sector, release of Pending Power connections of Industrial Sector, Non Commissioning of BB III 33KV Line, Non availability of Spares and Consumables at Receiving Stations, Ease of Doing Business Concept to be adopted by the Power Development Department with the delegation of Powers for the sanction of Power Load, implementation of decision taken in respect of simple Interest chargeable on the outstanding payments of Power Bills.
Dheeraj Gupta, Commissioner/Secretary listen all the issues raised by BBIA & assured the delegation to resolve the issues on the priority basis.

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