Trade body prepares pre-budget memorandum
Ahead of the presentation of the state budget next month, the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) has called on the government of Karnataka to announce the abolition of business licenses for the service and construction sectors. trade.
“Trade licensing has always been a bone of contention as it is expensive, time consuming and causes unnecessary burden on merchants and small businesses,” the pre-budget memo said.
The professional body has also asked the government for a census of workers in the unorganized sector to be carried out.
“Millions of workers work in the unorganized sector. They are deprived of benefits such as ESI, insurance, compensation for disasters and calamities such as floods, pandemic, fires, etc. There is an urgent need to carry out a census and maintain a register of workers in the unorganized sector…”, said the FKCCI.
He also called on the government to announce an electric vehicle policy modeled on the Delhi government, which abolished registration fees and road tax on electric vehicles.
“The incentive of up to Rs 30,000 per vehicle is extended to two-wheelers, electric rickshaws and goods vehicles. This will support and help unemployed youth in urban, semi-urban and rural areas. Electric four-wheelers will receive an incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakh. The Delhi government has asked all car manufacturers to provide such an incentive in the form of an initial offer. The incentives announced by the Delhi government will be applicable in addition to the existing FAME-2 benefits offered by the Union government.
“In addition to making electric vehicles more affordable, the Delhi government will also set up more charging points (points) in the nation’s capital. The government plans to add 200 charging stations over the next year. The state government of Karnataka is requested to also announce such incentives to boost clean energy and clean environment efforts,” the memorandum reads.
“There are no joint effluent treatment plants provided by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation (KSSIDC) or by the state government in any of the industrial areas or domains established by them. Industrial units must treat their effluents to permitted limits/dispose of them on their own,” the letter read.
FKCCI Chairman IS Prasad reiterated his demand that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) should not charge consent fees to companies and industry organizations based on investment in capital.
“The new consent fee structure is based on capital investment regardless of the type of activity and must be obtained annually. Consent fees should never be based on capital investment. Authorization fees are purely based on the type of activity, the end product and the type of effluent discharged. Industrial enterprises are classified in green, orange, red and white. A unit that creates no pollution should not be required to take such consent. As part of a step towards making it easier to do business, many procedures have been simplified. Karnataka Udyog Mitra, the National One Stop Shop Agency for Approval of New Investments, has introduced a “Combined Application Form (CAF)” which has to be filed online with one time payment of fees for all required clearances/approvals for the establishment of industrial enterprises. It has to be integrated into the same,” he said.
The FKCCI also objected to the KSPCB charging collection fees, sewage testing fees, among others, from industrial establishments and referred to them as an additional cost to industries.