Nagpur: Federation of Associations of Pimpri Chinchwad (FAPC) organized a Thanks-giving & Public Felicitation of BJP-Sena Government in the state to acknowledge abolition of LBT in the state. A function to this effect was held 25 th October at Ramkrishna More Hall, Chinchwad which was well attended by traders across the state.
Shri Gajanan Babar President of Federation of Associations of Pimpri Chinchwad (FAPC) delivered the presidential speech wherein he thanked the Honorable Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis headed state government for abolishing LBT and granting relief to more than 98.80 % of traders across the state. Applauding the support extended for abolition of LBT, the FAPC felicitated Sudhir Mungatiwar, honorable Finance Minister, GoM along with Girish Bapat Guardian Minister of Pune and Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection, GoM .
Mohan Gurnani President, Federation of Associations of Maharashtra , Dipen Agrawal Past President Nag-Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce and Sr Vice-President Federation of Associations of Maharashtra and Raju Rathi from Sholapur were felicitated too. All were given standing ovation by the house for their efforts in achieving abolition of LBT and for their role during the agitation and later their never tiring follow-up to achieve the above feat.
Sudhir Mungatiwar while addressing the gathering said, he along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the state government is pleased to have been able to fulfill party’s pre-election promise of abolishing LBT if came to power .
He said, traders are an important segment of society which can not be ignored, and he as well as the state government is committed to ensure that the tax structure is kept simple and revenue generators are dealt with due respect by tax authorities . He also mentioned that he was hopeful that shortly GST would be implemented in state. He further added that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his vision the state government was working on creating conducive atmosphere by curbing ‘inspector raj’ so as that doing business in state eased and for that many laws are to be amended and he shall do the needful at the earliest.
Lastly, he appealed to the traders to always resolve issues through dialogue and he shall always be available for that.
Dipen Agrawal while addressing the gathering appealed to the Finance Minister to consider the just demand of traders to fully do away with LBT and let this very word ‘ LBT ‘ be completely struck off from the tax books of the state. Though granting relief to almost 98.80% of traders across the state was welcome but continuing LBT for above Rs 50 crore turn over is creating price disparity and unnecessary competition in the markets and is also affecting the concept of ‘Ease of doing bussiness in state, ‘ he said.
On the occasion, a book entitled ‘LBT Andolan chi Yashokatha ‘ written by Adv. Aapaaaheb Shinde and another book entilted ‘Vikas Ganga ‘ written by Govind Pansare, Secretary, Federation of Associations of Pimpri Chinchwad were released at the hands of Sudhir Mungatiwar, Girish Bapat and dignitaries seated on the dais.
Laxmanrao Jagtap MLA, Eknath Pawar , Popatlal Oswal and Fatehchand Ranka from Federation of Associations of Pune were also prominently present on the occasion. The ceremony was conducted by A K Rajendra Ghavate while the vote of thanks was proposed by Mahesh Motwani.