JCCI threat­ens state-wide shut­down over 'ha­rass­ment' by Tax deptt

The Northlines - - STATE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT JAMMU, DEC 07

The Jammu Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (JCCI) Fri­day threat­ened to call for a state-wide bandh and stop­ping LOC trade if "ha­rass­ment" by the Com­mer­cial Tax Depart­ment (CTD) is not stopped. CTD of­fi­cials have been con­duct­ing raids on busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments and mar­ket places in Jammu for re­cov­ery of tax ar­rears. The tax depart­ment says traders are charg­ing tax from the con­sumers but not de­posit­ing it with the gov­ern­ment. "We warn the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­clud­ing CTD that if our gen­uine de­mands are not met and ha­rass­ment stopped, then JCCI shall be left with no other way but to call for a state-wide bandh in­clud­ing stop­ping of LOC trade. "Traders would be forced to en­ter houses of CTD of­fi­cials in protest," JCCI Pres­i­dent Rakesh Gupta told re­porters here. He said CTD of­fi­cials have been raid­ing houses and of­fices of traders in the name of the re­cov­er­ies. "They should not en­ter premises of traders but should as per le­gal course pe­nalise them," he said. He fur­ther said the state toll tax of hun­dreds of crores be­ing col­lected at Lakhan­pur de­feats the slo­gan of 'one na­tion one tax' and is not ben­e­fit­ting the lo­cal in­dus­try. Gupta also asked the CTD to de­sist from as­sess­ing goods as un­der­val­ued at Lakhan­pur and stop­ping con­sign­ments at check­posts in the state.

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