CAMIT seeks Deputy CM Fadnavis’ intervention in new GST policy by Central Government
Dr Dipen Agrawal, President, CAMIT (Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade) recently met Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis to submit a memorandum seeking his intervention in the matter of the new GST policy, which enforces 5% tax on pre-packed and labelled food grains like pulses, flour, cereals and other edible items.
Dr Agrawal, informed Devendra Fadnavis that upon conjoint reading of the provisions of Legal Metrology Act (LM Act) and Rules it can be understood that if goods are placed in package in absence of purchaser and in pre-determined quantity (as stipulated under Rule 5 r/w Schedule II) then only the goods shall fall under the definition of pre-packed commodities and attract the requirement of declaration u/s 18 of the Act. The FAQ issued by administration is silent on this inconsistency between Rule 3 and Rule 26 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.
Dr Agrawal explained to Fadnavis that the objectives of the LM Act is to protect the interest of consumers. The LM Act stipulates that every pre-packaged commodity has to be manufactured, packed, imported or sold in such standard quantities or numbers as may be prescribed, if the consumer is not present while goods are placed in the package. The LM Act exempts from its ambit the packing of goods by the seller in presence of the consumer, presumably because the consumer is deemed to have taken care of the quality and quantity of the goods packed in his presence. However, under GST in addition to seller and purchaser the revenue department is also a stake holder. Hence, the satisfaction of revenue officer that goods were packed in presence of purchaser and not in his absence shall give birth to endless litigation.
The then Finance Minister late Arun Jaitley in press briefing, after first day of 14th GST Council meeting in Srinagar, said that out of 1211 items 50% (fifty percent) of items in the retail inflation basket won’t be taxed in order to protect consumers from price rises on basics such as food grains. Dr. Agrawal, brought in Dy. CM’s attention that since independence no government has ever earned revenue by taxing the subsistence consumption of its citizens. The tax on such consumption is against the ethos of welfare state.
Dr Agrawal informed that resentment among the farmers, business community and citizens is alike. There is confusion all over. Traders will be burdened with GST compliance. Farmers fear reduction in realisation. Citizens who are already facing the heat of inflation fear further dent in their household budget. Dr. Dipen requested to Devendra Fadnavis, Dy. Chief Minister, Maharashtra to intervene in the matter and to use his good office with union government / GST Council to impress them to revisit and recall the decision to levy 5% GST on pre-packed and labelled food grains instead of levy of GST on branded food grains.
Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis after patiently hearing the issues raised assured to take up the matter with central leadership of party and union government for resolution in the best interest of all stakeholders.
Nagpur doctor invited as key speaker at Joint American Homeopathic Conference 2023 in US
Homeopath from Nagpur Dr Kavita Chandak, who has two Golden Book Of World Records for treating kidney disorders and success in a case of Mucor mycosis in her name, has been invited as a keynote speaker at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference 2023 based on the theme, Homeopathy in 21st century at San Antonio in United States.
In society, we get to see many cases where child born with mental or physical defects such as congenital heart defects, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, Cleft palate, ADHD, Autism etc. though born from healthy parents. What could be the reason behind it?
Could homeopathy offer something for it? Dr. Chandak will deliver a 90 minutes session on March 26 on ‘Advancing a Healthier Generation with Homeopathy: Preventative measures for healthy birth and treatment approaches for unimpaired growth.’
She will throw light on the pre-birth causes in mother disturbing the birth of healthy baby creating mental and physical defects as well the preventive measures for initiating the creation of strong generation with Homeopathy.
Dr Chandak is an international trainer and speaker who has specialised in autism, psychiatric and behavioural disorders, kidney diseases and cancer. She has authored eight books and 294 health articles. She will be a keynote speaker in upcoming international congresses of Russia, Romania, Greece and the World Congress of Homeopathy, Colombia.
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CAMIT Chief Dipen Agrawal nominated as member in CGSTGRC Nagpur zone
Dr Dipen Agrawal, President – Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT) has been nominated as member in Central Goods & Service Tax Grievance Redressal Committee (CGST GRC) Nagpur Zone.
At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal while thanking Ramchandra Sankhla Chief Commissioner CGST, Vijay Rishi Commissioner Nagpur – 1 and Shri Abhay Kumar Commissioner Nagpur – 2 for giving representation to CAMIT in the recently reconstituted GRC for Nagpur Zone, said, the GRC has enabled revenue officers to have first-hand feedback on various policy initiatives undertaken by government. It also helped in ironing out the difficulties faced by trade in implementing provisions of GST, and to make GST a Grievance-free System of Taxation.
Dr Dipen Agrawal has appealed to fellow traders to forward/share their issues on [email protected] so as to get them addressed in the GRC Meetings. Active and quality participation of trade and professional associations in the committee will achieve the goals of resolving all grievances and issues faced by the tax collectors i.e. traders.
GRC is a platform to voice their grievances including procedural difficulties and IT related issues pertaining to GST and redressal at local level added Dr Agrawal.
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NMC spends ₹20 crore on lighting trees for C20 in Nagpur
Ahead of the C20 meet, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has spent a staggering ₹20 crore on the lighting of trees on both sides of the roads of airport road, Wardha Road, Walker’s Street, airport road to RBI Square to name a few.
Also, over one lakh nails were hammered on 3000 trees for the installation of lights leaving several activists and residents irked. The C20 meet is scheduled for March 20 and 21 where hundreds of participants from 20 countries would be arriving in the city for a summit.
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