FICO demands extension in amnesty scheme from PSIEC chairman upto March 31, 2021
Also raised some other demands related to industry
Ludhiana: A delegation of Federation of Industrial & Commercial Organization, popularly known as FICO under the leadership of K.K. Seth Chairman along with Gurmeet Singh Kular President and alliance of associations’ leaders comprising Upkar Singh Ahuja President CICU, O.P. Bassi President Focal Point Industrial Association Phase -VIII, Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma Chairman Federation of MSME Manufacturers and Rajeev Jain General Secretary FICO and President Laghu Udyog Bharti participated in the interaction with Gurpreet Gogi, Chairman PSIEC (Punjab State Industries & Exports Corporation Limited) and raised the certain demands. Some of the demands are as under:
Extension in amnesty scheme
Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation (PSIEC) Limited announced liberal one year Amnesty scheme applicable to the allotters of different focal points against payment of enhanced land cost, providing facility of making payment in two equal installments with waiver of compounding & penal interest to the plot holder of PSIEC., due on 31st May 2020, Keeping the current scenario in consideration it is requested to Extend the Due date till 31.03.2021 and also requested to waive off the interest completely to felicitate the industry in this period of recession. Despite waiving off the compounded & penal interest, the PSIEC is still charging 15% per annum, which would rise the original enhancement of Rs.474/- to Rs.1000/-, that is totally unviable for the industry which is already going through period of crunch. It is humble request that as per the “No Enhancement Policy” of Haryana State Industries Development Corporation, the same should also be applicable in Punjab so as to facilitate the Industry of Punjab.
It is also requested that the units under construction, which were to start by 31st May 2020, could not complete the work and start production due to lockdown/ curfew, such units should be allowed with extension till 31st March 2021 without penalty.
Infrastructure of Focal Point
FICO requested S. Gurpreet Singh Gogi, Chairman PSIEC that the conditions of lockdown and curfew allows a chance to improve the basic infrastructure of Focal Points which is the need of the hour. Focal points are the Bread & Butter of Punjab which generates huge revenue for the government in share of GST, Income Tax, Property Tax, Octroi etc., yet the conditions of the focal points are neglected, let apart the movement of people, the movement of goods is also carried out at the very high risk. The load carriages are often found in breakdown condition. The things are more miserable in Phase VIII of Focal Point Ludhiana, which is the recent most focal point, when compared to other focal points of Ludhiana, Phase VIII was set up in 1992, but today, its condition of its basic infrastructure i.e. roads & sewerage is miserable.
Land area utilization
The most of the industrial units’ setup in Ludhiana are primarily belongs to the MSME Sector, with the limited resources & infrastructures. Industry totally agree with the government’s vision that an industrialist should provide the residence to the labour inside their factory premises. Therefore, we request you to kindly allow the industrialists to utilize the 30% of their land area for construction of staff quarters for labour & well as for the commercial purpose. So, that the industrialist could construct & maintain a commercial outlet to display and sell the products being manufactured in the premises.
Stop migration of labour
Industry is going to face another Force Lockdown in the coming days, as Government of Punjab is allowing the labour to move out of Punjab in Trains. The labour of Mixed Land Use Area Industries, Commercial Establishments are feeling insecure and getting themselves registered to move out of Punjab. If it will continue the same way then the industry will go in critical stage, and revival from their will be very difficult, moreover the Revenue of Punjab State from the industry will also be negligible. So, it is the high time, on the grounds of decision taken by the Karnataka Government, the government of Punjab should also stop the labour to move out of the state. Industry is taking care of their basic amenities like hygienic food, safe shelter etc. It is requested to roll back the decision.