Supporting traders,who have been on a war footing with excise officials,former BJP Minister Satpal Gosain on Sunday announced full support to the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal traders and urged them to form a ‘traders’ brigade to tackle’ officials when they allegedly harass the traders. Gosain was present at the district level Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal meeting,in which,the members alleged that excise officials were issuing ‘baseless’ orders every now and then. They unanimously also demanded that a new excise and taxation commissioner (ETC) of the state should be appointed because the present ETC A Venuprasad has been in the post for the past 6 years.
Traders had created much hue and cry over the order issued by the ETC on May 31,in which,he has ordered ETOs and inspectors to ensure door-to-door visits of all business establishments on a fortnightly basis. The inspectors and ETOs have also been directed to sign each and every bill book of the industrialists and traders. In addition to this,the order also says that a register,in which all details of each and every company,should be maintained.
Mohinder Aggarwal,general secretary,Beopar Mandal,Ludhiana unit,said: This is sheer high headedness of the department. They can continue with the routine surveys but not signing of bill books every now and then. This will lead to too much of harassment to us.
Gosain also supported the traders in this matter and stated that he will fight for them. Targeting the excise department,the members said that in 2007,SSP Vigilance Bureau in Patiala had registered FIRs against 34 excise officials under corruption cases but later no action was taken.
We demand a CBI inquiry in this case. First the department should set their own house in order,” said Sunil Mehra,another member of the Mandal. The members complained that they are having problems of getting delayed VAT refunds and even procedure to get C forms has also been made very lengthy. Darshan Dawar,president knitwear club and many other representatives from other associations had also attended the meeting. The members stated that after one week,they will be submitting a memorandum to the concerned DCs and will then formulate the next line of action.