Grocery,food grain shops to open tomorrow

Trade leaders adamant,want govt to make changes in tax law official.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 19, 2013 1:16:18 am

Trade leaders adamant,want govt to make changes in tax law official.

Poona Merchants’ Chamber on Saturday announced that food grain and grocery shops in Pune Market Yard as well as in Peth will open from Monday. The shops had been closed for the past eight days due to the traders’ strike called against implementation of Local Body Tax.

Ajit Sethiya,president of the chamber,said,“We met the state government representatives in Mumbai on Friday. There has been a consensus on as many as 20 major changes to be made in LBT that the traders had sought earlier.”

“In response to the positive approach adopted by the government,the chamber,in its general meeting,decided to open the wholesale and retail shops in Marketyard and in Peth areas for business from Monday,” said Sethiya,in a statement issued by the PMC on Saturday.

The traders are,however,adamant about making the changes official. Sethiya said that they are expecting the government to make the changes official at the meeting of officials and traders’ federation leaders on Monday.

“In all 20 issues were discussed at the meeting on Friday and the government should incorporate them in the new tax law and make a statement to that effect on Monday. If they go back on their word,then we will be forced to re-launch the strike,” said Sethiya,even as he apologised for the inconvenience faced by consumers for the past 10 days.

Federation of Traders’ Union of Pune (FTUP),however,has continued it’s strike in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area. Some shops that had been closed for the past 10 days could be seen partially or completely open on Saturday.

Meanwhile,traders and government agencies are heading towards a major stand-off with PMC authorities warning of stringent action against traders who do not register for and pay LBT by May 20. Leaders of the traders’ federation have,on the other hand,decided against paying LBT.

“Until the state government officially announces the amendment to the unjust tax law,we will not pay any tax to the government,including VAT and income tax. While the government is adamant about LBT,the PMC and PCMC do not have any system in place to collect LBT. The online system is in a mess that even if somebody wanted to pay,he wouldn’t be able to,” said Popatlal Ostwal,president of FTUP.

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