Industrialists meet FM Manpreet, want problems resolved

Industrialists meet FM Manpreet, want problems resolved

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal along with local MLA Rajinder Beri and traders in Jalandhar on Sunday. Tribune photo

Jalandhar, November 29

Industrialists, traders and manufacturers mince no words while sharing their problems with ministers now. Earlier, it was the industries minister and now Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. The industrialists on Sunday expressed their disappointment while holding a meeting with the Finance Minister and the latter called them to Chandigarh on Thursday for further discussion. Even Rajinder Beri, MLA, Jalandhar Central, was present in the meeting.

Ravinder Dhir, convener of the Khel Udyog Sangh, told the minister, “After the Beant Singh government, nobody has listened to us. Four years have passed, but your government has failed to do anything for us,” he said. Only the Beant Singh government had taken care of the industry of Punjab. “After that several governments came, but nobody ever paid any heed and did not even bother about listening to us,” he said.

“We are demanding immediate relief just because the pandemic has hit us hard. Otherwise there are many such issues which have troubled the industry. How can we go and submit C-forms, it is not possible now,” the industrialists said.

They also asked the minister about the status of one-time settlement (OTS) policy that the government was set to unveil for resolving the long-pending issue of C-forms.

Recently, traders had told Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora that there was no point of holding meetings when no solution to the problems being faced by them was suggested.

The minister had then listened to various problems raised by traders of hand tools, leather, sports, auto parts, surgical, textiles, pipe fittings, etc, and almost all problems that were raised were old and never got resolved. — TNS

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