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From Gen. Secy's Desk...

         

 

Dear Member Friends,

I am thankful to you for entrusting your trust and confidence in me and electing me as General Secretary of our Chamber for the year 2017-18.  Without your spontaneous co-operation and support it would not have been possible for me to speak to you in the capacity of General Secretary of this glorious institution.

We are working as a team believing in collective responsibility and following the rules and regulations of the By Laws of the Chamber. The views and suggestions of the esteemed members are given due response and weightage. The Members of the Presidential Board are a perennial source of inspiration to us who always render their invaluable advice and guidance. We solicit their continued support for efficient and effective functioning of our Chamber.

The business community, be it Trade or Commerce or Industry, is faced with lot of hurdles to meet the challenges ahead for survival. Industries are experiencing problems due to non-availability of raw materials like iron ore and coal at reasonable prices, coupled with lack of infrastructure facilities. The exorbitant hike in power tariff is a great blow for industrial development.

 

Uninterrupted quality power supply is essential. There are frequent scheduled and unscheduled power cuts and shut downs. Irregular and multiple power trips not only hampers production units, but also equipments and machineries get affected and damaged resulting in great financial losses.  Currently the power tariff for Industrial Furnaces and Rolling Mills is much higher as compared to Chhatisgarh and West Bengal.  We have requested the Energy Department to reduce power tariff and keep at par with neighbouring States. We are assured that the matter is under active consideration of the Government.

We have also taken up with the concerned authority to exempt water charges for industries consuming less than 0.01 cusec water and allow one time settlement of past dues based on actual consumption by waving interest and penalties.  We expect a favorable decision on this issue. One time settlement of entry tax has also been taken up with the Hon’ble Finance Minister of Odisha.

As you are aware, GST has been introduced w.e.f. 1st July 2017 replacing various indirect  taxes  like  Central  Excise,  Service  Tax, VAT, CST, etc.  Manufacturers, Traders and Service Providers across India have been placed under one unified tax umbrella, to make “One Nation, one Tax” a reality. However, understanding of GST provisions and its impact on business is still at a nascent stage and many are still identifying the locations and places they need to be registered in. Various provisions of GST are still ambiguous. Categorization of goods and services in various cases is still unclear.  Problems are faced in filing of returns. We have conducted a number of awareness programmes on GST at our Chamber and more such programmes will follow for the benefit of the Members.

I would like to mention here that attendance of members in group meetings is not encouraging. Group meetings are important forums where the problems of members are discussed and solutions suggested. I request my colleagues Group Secretaries to hold regular meetings of their group, identify the problems and bring it to the notice of the Chamber with valuable suggestions of the Members, for taking immediate action.  I also request our esteemed members of the Chamber to make it a point to attend group meetings as and when scheduled, raise their problems and give suggestions so that the issues could be taken up suitably with the concerned authorities.

I am glad to mention that our communication system has been improved considerably and our regular updates are being sent by e-mail and SMS. It is for your information that our Chamber is marching forward towards complete digitalization. The old records like Membership forms, data forms and minutes of meetings have already been digitalized and other important documents will also be got digitalized.  

Our monthly bulletin ‘Vichar’ carries vital information on the regular activities of the Chamber, important news clippings, and latest information concerning Trade and Industry. I invite our valuable members to give their views/articles for publication in the bulletin.

Lastly, I assure you that I shall always be available to look into your business problems in the best of my ability and I seek your continued support and good wishes to achieve the desired goals. Please do not hesitate to bring your problems to our notice.

With best wishes,

 

(Alok M. Losalka)

General Secretary

 

 



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