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The meetings were fruitful as the delegation was promised that the duty would be withdrawn. During the budget this year the duty was actually withdrawn.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