FIAV demands Govt to solve problems of industries in MIDCs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jan 2018 09:57:06


Business Bureau,

Federation of Industries Associations of Vidarbha (FIAV) which represents 27 industries associations of 11 districts in Vidarbha on Monday highlighted several issues of industries at a press conference.

Kiran Paturkar, President of FIAV said, the issue of exorbitant Gram Panchayat Tax levied on industries and higher ready reckoner rates applicable on transfer of properties in MIDC areas had become a major roadblock in expansion of industries. “Industries are already paying service charges to the MIDC. Then imposing higher Gram Panchayat Tax on industries is totally irrational. We are first giving preference to people in the villages when it comes to deployment on various posts in industries. Industries operating in MIDC areas are also conducting various CSR activities and helping the children by distributing them books, uniforms and even imparting skill training to them. Applying heavy Gram Panchayat Tax on industries will discourage new investors,” he said.

“Also the GenNext of entrepreneurs who are seeing the slowdown in manufacturing and service sector are not taking interest to run their fathers’ business. We have to create industry-friendly environment by removing various bottlenecks,” he suggested. Paturkar said, the issue was taken up with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who had promised to sort out the matter at the earliest.

“FIAV is also demanding Central Government to start the project of BHEL for manufacturing photo voltaic cells at Sakoli in Bhandara district. Such unit has potential to change the entire economic scenario as it would open new floodgates of employment,” he said.

CA Milind Kanade, Secretary of FIAV said, “There are several posts lying vacant in MIDC, Industries Department and MSEDCL. We are demanding the State Government to immediately fill the vacant posts as industries are facing problems in completing their work on time and delivering goods to customers within scheduled time-frame. Due to such problems, there is delay in payment from customers which ultimately increases burden on entrepreneurs. We have to give payment to our workers on time. Where public sector has failed private sector has taken responsibility to give employment to people and also contribute in the economy of the region.”

He also said for the Akola Industrial Estate, water should be made available from Kumbhari lake adjacent to the Estate.
The desilting of the water of Kumbhari lake should be carried out by MIDC so that industries would get treated water consistently for 24 hours.