Centre urged to adopt Chhattisgarh commercial tax system
RAIPUR: In order to increase revenue from commercial tax,
Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries has urged the Union government
to adopt Chhattisgarh commercial tax system as a model.
In different meetings held here on Friday, to bring further
momentum to the economic development of the state, industry and trade
organisations, Panchayat Raj institutions, urban bodies and representatives of
different political parties have given many important suggestions to the
visiting 14th Central Financial Commission.
In the meetings, chairman of the commission YV Reddy and members
have given assurance to give serious consideration on the received suggestions
Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries president and
local MLA Srichand Sundarani and general secretary Jitendra Barlota submitted a
joint memorandum to the commission. Sundarani, while praising the tax system of
Chhattisgarh government, said that the revenue in the state has registered an
unprecedented increase, as the government has closed commercial tax barrier and
made rational simplification of tax. At the time of formation of Chhattisgarh
in 2000, the tax revenue of the state was only Rs 458 crore, which now has
increased to 8,892 crore, he added.
Centre for Indian Industries (CII) representatives led by its
Chhattisgarh chapter president Dinesh Agrawal, in a memorandum, suggested to
make home loan cheap to promote building construction sector.
In the meeting, representatives from the Panchayat Raj
institutions, including Raipur district panchayat president Laxmi Verma,
Mahasamund district panchayat president Sarla Kosariya and others, suggested
the commission that for the development of villages, fund should be transferred
directly to the account of village panchayats, in accordance to local needs of
Discussing with the commission, Raipur mayor Kiranmayi Nayak,
mayor Jagadalpur Kirandev, Ambikapur mayor Prabodh Minz, Durg mayor Dr
Shivkumar Tomar and others also placed many suggestions.
14th Finance Commission members Abhijit Sen, Sushma
Nath, Dr M Govind Rao and Dr Sudipto Mandal, secretary of the commission AN
Jha, commercial tax secretary of the state government Amit Agrawal, revenue
secretary KR Pisda, commissioner Panchayat and Rural Development PC Mishra and
other senior officers were present.