Jammu Chamber delegation meets Union Finance Minister

JCCI delegation at a meeting with Finance Minister in Delhi.
JCCI delegation at a meeting with Finance Minister in Delhi.

*Demands setting up of Mother Industry in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

New Delhi, May 26: A delegation of office bearers of Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry and senior members from Trade and Industry called on Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister here and projected their issues.
While speaking on the occasion Arun Gupta, JCCI president pleaded before the Finance Minister that keeping in view the climatic, demographic conditions and security reasons the limit of e-way bill should be enhanced from Rs 50000 to Rs 1 lakh and the period of e-way bills should also be suitably enhanced in the smaller cities like Jammu. Gupta also requested the Finance Minister to enhance the date for filling of GSTR-3B and setup GST tribunal at Jammu.
Further the delayed payment Act which at present is applicable to MSME Registered Industrial Units only may please made available for MSME registered firms also as they are not getting the benefit of delayed payment act. Gupta apprised the Union Finance Minister that GST applicable on Dhabas and small traders should be withdrawn as they are not getting the input facility.
“We also request that the smaller traders should not be penalized for meager technical mistakes. We also request that one time GST amnesty for those who have not filed their proper returns or have not applied for GST refunds due to ignorance may kindly be given one time chance to file their returns and apply for GST refund. We request that one time VAT amnesty in our state be given for giving relief to the assesses,” he added.
JCCI president also briefed the FM that Jammu has lot of tourists potential, but has been neglected so far. He requested the Finance Minister that steps should be taken to develop the untapped tourist places of Jammu. Further the Suchetgarh Retreat ceremony be made a regular feature for all the days of week.
He also requested the Minister that in order to generate employment opportunities and flourish the ancillary units, the mother industry like Rail Coach Factory, Defence Equipment manufacturing factory and Rail Container manufacturing factory be established in Jammu.
Gupta thanked the Union Minister and Government for providing the Central Scheme Package of Rs. 28400 crore for New Industries. This package is purely for New Industrial units only including the benefit of GST are to be given only to the new Industrial undertakings as a result of which it will be very difficult / impossible for the existing Industrial Units of Jammu region to survive and become viable, he said and requested that all the concessions which are being extended to the new Industrial units may also be given to the existing Industrial Units to survive.
He demanded that the freight subsidy upto National Capital be provided to save the existing industries here. He apprised the Finance Minister that the current Central Package has ignored the export manufactures with no incentives. To check the price pilferage and better flourishment of walnut industries, quantity based tax be considered as is being done in case of almonds. He also requested to establish export promotion industrial park and SEZ zones. He also requested that 100% Income Tax exemption be provided to the export units.
Sitharaman gave patient hearing to the demands raised by the JCCI and assured that she will look into the issues related to her department.
JCCI president, Anil Gupta, Rajiv Gupta, Manish Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Rajesh Gupta-II, and president Traders Federation Ware House, Deepak Gupta, president Retailers Federation, Yashpaul Gupta, president JPDCL, Rajan Gupta, Ravinder Sawhney, Jagdish Langer, CA Pardeep Gandotra, Suraj Singh, Neeraj Gupta, Ravneesh Gulati and Pragya Gandotra also accompanied.