Sunday, February 9, 2014
Merchants Raise 15-point demands in 58th State Conference
Malda, 8 February, 2014: With the demand of rebate in income tax up to Rs 5 lakh, simplification of income tax law and VAT more than 22,000 traders from different parts of the state joined the 58th state conference in Malda today.
General secretary of Bharatiya Udyog Byapar Madali Bijay Prakash Jain inaugurated the conference instead of the national president of the organization Shyam Bihari Mishra. State secretary of Federation of Traders’ Organizations of West Bengal Taraknath Trivedi, president of Malda Merchant Chamber of Commerce Jayanta Kundu and secretary Uzzwal Saha were also present in the conference.
Prior to the inauguration of the conference the traders organized a huge rally with their demands. Traffic in Malda town virtually came to a halt following the huge rally.
Jain said, “We would support only the party that would prioritize the interest of the merchants. Indeed price hike of essential commodities is a big problem. But all should know why the price is being hiked exuberantly.”
Trivedi in his speech said, “Number of subsidized LPG cylinders has suddenly been raised to 12 from nine before Lok Sabha poll. Again it may be reduced to six after the poll. Central government does not consider that LPG is an essential commodity nowadays for common people.”
He demanded that VAT and Central tax had to be simplified. Security money should not be taken for VAT registration. No penalty should be charged for filing return and there should be a minimum grace up to Rs 5 lakh for income tax payers.
Kundu said that government should preserve the interest of the small traders as well as small industries. He suggested that state government should thoroughly change the industrial policy to attract the industrialists.