Protesting against modifications in E-Trip by the state excise and taxation department,thousands of hosiery and plywood industry units went on strike on Monday. The strike will continue for two more days.
The excise and taxation department has asked the manufacturers of plywood,iron and steel,cotton cloth,yarn,edible and non-edible oil to make online entry of every sale-purchase worth Rs 50,000. Earlier,this limit was of Rs 3 lakh. The industrialists are confused as they say that it is a cumbersome process and,moreover,even small manufacturers have also come under the net who are not very computer-literate.
Ashok Juneja and Inderjit Singh Sohal,chairman and president of Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association,said,It is a matter of great inconvenience for us. Already,we are placed under agro-based category but instead of listening to our demand,we are being harassed. Our strike is in protest; about Rs 30 crore daily turnover of plywood industry has already come to a halt.
The yarn and garment manufacturers burnt an effigy of the state government. Most of the units of garment manufacturers were open.
When contacted,Dr Rishipal Sidhu,deputy excise and and taxation commissioner,said,We are ready for talks with industrialists and will sort out their issues. We will forward their suggestions to the head office which can decide on changes,if any.