Ex­cise duty waived, Cong seeks sup­port for polls

Te­wari ful­fils knitwear in­dus­try’s de­mand to with­draw ex­cise duty; party now hopes that nearly 4-lakh peo­ple linked with knitwear in­dus­try would sup­port them in the 2014-Lok Sabha elec­tions

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - Ar­jun Sharma ar­jun.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Af­ter min­is­ter for in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing Manish Te­wari ful­filled the de­mand of with­drawal of ex­cise duty from knitwear in­dus­try, Congress is now ex­pect­ing the sup­port of the in­dus­try in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Te­wari had ar­ranged meet­ings of the knitwear in­dus­try with the union fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambram and Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh to dis­cuss the prospects of with­draw­ing the ex­cise duty of 12.36% on ready­made branded gar­ments.

District pres­i­dent of Congress ( ur­ban) Pawan De­wan who is a close as­so­ciate of Te­wari had ac­com­pa­nied the del­e­ga­tion for the meet­ings.

The meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter took place in De­cem­ber 2012, whereas the meet­ings with the fi­nance min­is­ter in Jan­uary.

The meet­ings were fruit­ful as the del­e­ga­tion was promised that the duty would be with­drawn. Dur­ing the bud­get this year the duty was ac­tu­ally with­drawn.

Now the Congress is hope­ful that nearly 4-lakh peo­ple linked with the knitwear in­dus­try in Lud­hi­ana would sup­port Congress in the 2014-Lok Sabha elec­tions.

The in­dus­try has also un­equiv­o­cally promised that the party would get sup­port dur­ing the elec­tions.

Chair­man of Knitwear Club Vinod Tha­par said, “Our in­dus­try would def­i­nitely sup­port Congress when re­quired. Manish Te­wari took per­sonal in­ter­est in with­draw­ing the ex­cise duty that was im­posed on our in­dus­try last year.”

Tha­par adds that there are nearly 12,000 units of in­dus­try in the city and more than 4 lakh peo­ple are work­ing in them.

Sources in the Knitwear Club in­di­cate that Congress has al­ready asked them to pro­vide sup­port in form of votes dur­ing the up­com­ing elec­tions.

De­wan added that in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter Manish Te­wari took ini­tia­tive to with­draw ex­cise duty on the knitwear goods and we ex­pect that we would get sup­port dur­ing the Lok Sabha elec­tions.

The knitwear club has also or­gan­ised a gen­eral body meet­ing to fe­lic­i­tate and thank mem­ber of par­lia­ment Manish Te­wari on Fri­day.

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