Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Industry for lifting excise duty on garments..NEWS IN DECCAN HERALD ON 25.1.12.

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Industry for lifting excise duty on garments
Umesh M Avvannavar, Jan 24, 2012, DH News Service
The imposition of 10 per cent excise duty on branded products by the Centre, the textile industry, of which hosiery and readymade garments is an integral part, has been dealt with body blow.

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Karnataka Hosiery &Garment Association and Taxation Committee Chairman Sajjan Raj Mehta has sought its withdrawal.

Earlier, the levy was 4 per cent and optional for garment makers who wanted to get refund under Centvat scheme. Since most did not register to claim Centvat, the duty was virtually zero. Now all branded garment makers pay 10 per cent duty on 60 per cent of MRP.

Large job provider
Being second largest job provider, the sector employs nearly 2.5 crore people in India with 40 per cent women. Shutting down small manufacturing units will result in mass unemployment. The domestic industry is worth Rs 40,000 crore made up of contributions from small-scale units scattered all over the country. Nearly 75-80 per cent of the industry still operates in the unorganised sector.

Texport Syndicate India Ltd, CEO & Director, Avinash Misar said on one hand, the government has opened up garment imports at zero import duty from Bangladesh which makes the Indian market highly competitive & price sensitive as Bangladesh products are inexpensive primarily due to low cost of operations in their country. On the other, it slaps excise duty making domestic garment industry products expensive and uncompetitive by 10 per cent.

Gokaldas Exports Limited Chief Mentor Rajendra J Hinduja said for garment exporters, the duty will create problems because even though exports are exempted from excise duty, all units will have to maintain detailed records, paper work will increase and man power cost will go up.

With severe competition from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, the industry with 10,000 garment factories work on wafer thin margins. The levy will add to our headache, Hinduja added.

According to Arvind Brands Vice President & Business Head Alok Dubey said the excise duty has come at a time when cotton and yarn prices have gone up by 100 per cent. As small units account for 85 per cent of production, they will have to bear the burden.

मुख्यमंत्री को ज्ञापन

मुख्यमंत्री को ज्ञापन
जैसा कि आपको विदित ही है कि कर्णाटक का राज्य बजट मार्च में अपेक्षित है तथा राज्य सरकार को ज्ञापन प्रेषित किये जा रहे है..उसी कड़ी में कर्णाटक होजरी एवं गारमेंट ASSOCIATION की तरफ से भी सरकार को ज्ञापन प्रेषित किया गया है जिसकी प्रतिलिप संलग्न है.

सरकार से आग्रह किया गया है कि विशेष परिस्तिथि के मद्दे नजर जो १ प्रतिशत की वेट की दर सभी वस्तुओ पर बढाई गयो थी उसे वापस कम किया जाये..पडोसी राज्यों की तुलना में हमारे यहाँ वेट ज्यादा होने का खामियाजा हम ना भुगते तथा पुरे देश में सामानांतर कर प्रणाली का हम पुरजोर समर्थन करते है..५ प्रतिशत से वापस ४ पर लाया जाए..

पिचली बार हमारे विशेष आग्रह पर सरकार ने turnover की सीमा में ६० लाख से बढ़ा कर १ करोड़ तक की थी जो कि हमारी मूल मांग २ करोड़ से 1 करोड़ कम थी अतः उसे २ करोड़ तक बढाया जाए..वर्तमान परिस्थितियों तथा आज के व्यापारिक परिवेश में 2 करोड़ का TURNOVER
सामान्य है अतः बदलाव अपेक्षित है..

गुड्स एंड सरविस टैक्स आने वाला है अतः उसके बारे में ज्यादा से ज्यादा जानकारी सुलभ कराइ जाए ताकि हम उसकी बारीकियो से अवगत हो सके तथा जरुरी बदलावों से हम सरकार को भी समय पर हमारा पक्ष रख सके..ज्ञापन मुख्यमंत्री,वित् सचिव,आयुक्त,बिक्रीकर विभाग,तथा चम्बर ऑफ़ कोम्मेर्स को भी प्रेषित किये गए है..

आपका सहयोग सदेव क़ी तरह ही अपेक्षित है..सधन्यवाद....

सज्जन राज मेहता
संयोजक,कराधान समिति,खागा
पूर्व अध्यक्ष..खागा

Monday, January 16, 2012

Request for withdrawal of excise duty on Branded Hosiery, Garments & Made Ups






Sub: Request for withdrawal of excise duty on Branded Hosiery, Garments & Made Ups

Respected Sir,

We take this opportunity to congratulate the UPA Government for providing us the stable Governance..Your focus on inclusive growth coupled with a plethora of welfare measures,incentive schemes and other benefits will go a long way in shoring up the development in the rural and semi urban areas of our country. We also appreciate the foresight with which the Government has
planned for the training of 30 lakhs of people in Textile and Garment sector, allocating funds for support of Handloom and Powerloom Sectors etc.

While the above have brought good cheer, the Textile Industry of which Hosiery and Readymade is an
integral part has been dealt a severe blow with the imposition of 10% excise duty on branded products last year.
We pray to you to urgently examine the matter and take up our request for removal of mandatory
excise duty on readymade garments.

We would like to highlight the various reasons why we are making this earnest request to you for
immediate roll back of excise duty on readymade garments:

The domestic industry is worth nearly Rs.40,000 crores, however this aggregate is made up of
contributions from various small-scale units scattered all over the country. Nearly 75% to 80% of the
industry still operates in the unorganised sector. In most of these set-ups one man handles all the
manufacturing and financial operations unlike the few big companies that have systems and separate
departments to handle the logistics of the business. It is pertinent to highlight that in 2004, the then
Honourable Finance Minister, Shri Chidambaram has clearly stated that the fragmented and
decentralised nature of the industry as one of the main reasons for removal of mandatory excise.

The industry operates through a network of job workers in an unorganised manner. For one
product, cutting, stitching and packing/finishing operations are done by separate units. Most of the
large brands in India manufacture under this system. Imposition of excise duty has exposed all these
small job working units operating for brands (no exemptions available for units manufacturing for an
outside brand) to inspector raj and paper work to meet the excise laws.

The common man's clothing need has been impacted by high inflationary trends in the last 2-3 years.. The whole country is facing difficulty in coping with severe food inflation, however its pertinent to know that "cloth" need of common man is under more inflation than "bread". A simple vest has seen 50% inflation, while a normal shirt has seen 30-40% inflation. In such a scenario, "common-man" was looking towards the Govt for relief. However with this one move, 10-15% inflation has been further imposed on us. This tantamounts to robbing an Indian the right of affordable clothing.

The apparel industry is the second largest employer after the agriculture industry giving employment to nearly 2.5 crore people all over the country and about 40% of the labour involved in garments are women. The slightest change in the employment dynamics or shut down of the small manufacturing units will result in mass unemployment. We would like to stress here that the apparel industry is one of the largest employers of women in the country. In the event of units closing down,
many women stand to lose their means of livelihood.

This has come at a time when our industry / trade is reeling under the pressure of high input costs
(Cotton Yarn, Elastic, Sewing thread, Labour, Packaging Material etc) and reduced domestic demand
due to rising prices of products.Cotton yarn prices have increased by over 100% in past years.
With excise, the economic burden on the manufacturers has multiplied and they are being forced
to transfer the cost on to the consumers, which has resulted in the increase in MRP. It is common
knowledge that Indian consumer is highly price sensitive, and this has directly impacted consumption.
As a result there is a big negative impact on the industry/trade leading to a slow down in growth
and render many out of business.

In the year 2003, the then Finance Minister Shri Jaswant Singh declared excise duty on finished
garments. Back then, in 2003, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress leader had supported the Garment
Industry and had appealed to the Government in power to re-examine the same. Today, nine years
hence not much has changed in the industry structure but the party that opposed the imposition of
excise on finished garments has levied it last year when the industry was in no state to bear the added burden.

Contrary to general perception, the term Branded Garments is not the exclusive domain of the elite
or the rich. Every garment, irrespective of the price it is retailed at has a label, a name or a symbol to
differentiate the product of a particular manufacturer from another. Thus, when one says ‘excise on
branded garments’, it translates to excise on the entire industry and shall be applicable to the entire
population – the rich, the middle class and the poor. In other words, the common man shall be as badly
affected as the elite.

It is ironical that in the textile value chain, excise has been levied on garments, but not on yarn and
fabrics, where it is has been kept as optional. Why the most unorganised segment of the textile chain
has been meted out this harsh treatment is beyond understanding.

While the domestic manufacturers have been levied with a 10% excise duty, the global names
retailing in India do not have to bear any such additional burden. This has resulted in a relative
advantage for imported products as the Indian products keep becoming more and more expensive. This
problem will be more severe in case of SAARC countries where duty free access has been granted. This
has led to domestic brands getting uncompetitive against imports from these countries especially
the likes of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. and eventually result in de-growth of the Indian industry.

The budget has kept the exports sector out of the excise net, however it has failed to realise that more
and more exporters are diversifying into the domestic market in view of the current global recession.
With single companies dealing in both domestic and export markets, it is going to become increasingly
cumbersome and tiresome to distinguish the goods under the export and domestic consignments
adding to the cost, time and energy spent by the manufacturer.

With the GST likely to roll out shortly, we fail to understand the logic of making the industry
go through the travails of excise regime. There are hundreds of items still outside the realm of excise, and the garment industry could well be one of those till such time GST is introduced.

For the above-mentioned reasons, we implore you to roll back the 10% excise on finished garments. The
textile industry is trying to get back on its feet after suffering a major setback due to escalating prices of
cotton. Levying the excise has not only resulted in greater torment for the industry members and has given
rise to mass unemployment. It is also feared among the industry associates that this excise has
given rise to increase in corruption & most important it has added fuel to the already flaring inflation fire.

It is our humble request on behalf of the entire textile industry of the country that you reconsider and
roll back the excise duty on finished garments at the earliest to safeguard us..

Thanking you in anticipation.

With respectful regards,

Yours truly,




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

मध्य-प्रदेश सरकार की तरह कर्नाटक में भी गौ-हत्या निषेध कानून पारित हो

मध्य-प्रदेश सरकार की तरह कर्नाटक में भी गौ-हत्या निषेध कानून पारित हो

गौ विश्व क़ी माता है.

कटती गाय करे पुकार,बंद करो यह अत्याचार..
देश पर शासन वह करेगा जो गौ हत्या बंद करेगा..
सब सज्जनों क़ी यही पुकार,गौ हत्या अब नहीं स्वीकार

कर्नाटका सरकार माननीय मुख्यमंत्री महोदय श्री सदानन्दजी गौड़ा के कुशल नेतृत्व में गतिशील है और बधाई की पात्र है कि उन्होंने गौ हत्या निषेध कानून पारित करने क़ी सकारात्मक पहल ली है हालाँकि कुछ अवरोध सामने है..जिस समाज ने हमें मानव कहलाने का अधिकार ही नहीं दिया-वरन स्रष्टि का सर्वोतम वरदान बनने के अनुकुल बनाया.उसके प्रति हमारा कितना उत्तरदायित्व है,इसे कदापि नहीं भूलना चाहिए..हिन्दुस्तान के महान महर्षियों ने संपूर्ण चराचर के बीच परमात्मा का निवास स्वीकार किया है..किसी को दुख दीये बिना ही सब के सुख क़ी कामना करना इस अभेद अनुभूति क़ी पहली सीढ़ी है..हिन्दू धर्म और जैन धर्म का मूल मंत्र सदैव से ही यही रहा है.."अहिंसा परमोह धर्म""साधारणतः हिंसा का अर्थ लोग समझते है क़ि "प्राण लेना और अहिंसा उसका विपरीत अर्थ प्राणना लेना समझा जाता है..kisi को kisi प्रकार का दुःख ना देनातथा सबके सुख का प्रयत्न करना ही अहिंसा है ..मनुष्य का परमकर्त्तव्य होना चाहिय कि समस्त जीवों को इश्वर की अनुपम कृतिसमझ कर सभी तरह से उसकी रक्षा करना ही उसके मानवीयजीवन का लक्ष्य रहे तथा उनकी सुख वृध्धि में ही सुख पानेकीसाधना करे..मन-वचन और कर्म से कभी kisi का अहित चिंतनना करना ही अहिंसक का सबसे बड़ा लक्षण है..सभी जगह निर्बलोकी पीठ पर प्रबल सवार है और गाय से निर्बल प्राणी भला दूसराकौनसा है ..मनुष्य के स्वाद की लालसा ने गाय जैसे निरीह प्राणीका क़त्ल करने पर विवश कर दिया..मानव की क्या बात करे किवह पशु-भक्षी तो बना ही बना पर अब नर-भक्षी भी हो गया है..ज्ञान-विज्ञानं की उन्नति का अनुचित लाभ उठाकर मनुष्य प्राणलेने की कला में पारंगत हो गया है..भूल सा गया है कि दूसरों को भीजीने का उतना ही अधिकार है जितना कि स्वयं को..मानव कीबर्बरता जितनी बढ़ेगी,हिंसा का मूल्य उतना ही बढ़ता जायेगा..इसआदर्श को अपनाकर ही हम समता, सहानुभूति और प्रेम कापरिचय दे पाएंगे..जैन धर्म में तो कीड़ों-मकोंड़ो की हिंसा तक वर्जितहै या यूँ कहूँ कि भाव हिंसा तक वर्जित है॥

इश्वर की इस महान विभूति "गौ माता"को विकृत करने का हमें कोईअधीकार नहीं है और वह भी उदर-पोषण मात्र के लिए..कतईनहीं..सभ्य समाज का कोई नागरिक यह घोर अत्याचार kisiकीमत पर बर्दाश्त नहीं कर पायेगा..कातरता से ताकते हुए पशुओकी हत्या या उन पर प्रहार मात्र भी न्रशुन्श्ता का परिचय है..इश्वरकी कृतियों को प्यार करना ही इश्वर की सबसे बड़ी आराधना हैयदि हम केवल जीव मात्र के प्रति दया.करुणा,स्नेह आदि काव्यवहार करे तो भगवन हम पर प्रस्सन होंगे..कल्पना करे कि आजजो "सेव बाघ" कि धूम पुरे देश में मची है,वह कल गौ माता के लिएनहीं चलानी पड़े..एक एक गाय की निर्मम हत्या आने वाले कल कोकाफी भरी पड़ेगी..तमाम सामाजिक और धार्मिक संगठनो का यहपुनीत कर्त्तव्य है कि इस मुहिम में बढ़-चढ़ कर हिस्सा ले और आरहे तमाम अवरोधों का विध्वंस कर दे ..जब सरकार इतनीदरिया-दिली दिखा रहो तो जन-जन का सहयोग इस सत्कार्य कोभली-भांति अंजाम तक पहुंचा देगा वरना हाथ ही मलते रहजायेंगे..

कर्णाटक सरकार से कर-बढ़ प्रार्थना है कि जन-हित में बन्दरघुड़कियों को तवज्जो कतई ना दे तथा देशहित को ध्यान में रखतेहुए पशु-धन की रक्षार्थ कठोरता से निर्णय को असली जामापहनाये..देश के निर्माण सूत्र में तीन शब्द महत्वपूर्ण हैनिर्णयन,उन्मूलन और संवर्धन..मुक्यमंत्री जी को चाहिए कि सभीपक्षों को शांति-पूर्वक इस बारे में सहमति बनाने कि दशा में प्रेरितकरे और खुले दिल से बहस हो..सरकारे आती-जाती रहती है पर इसजीवन में सत्तासीन रहते हुए -हिन्दू संस्कृति कि रक्षा हेतु यदिहलाहल का उफनता प्याला भी पीना पड़े, आग के दरिया में भीकूदना पड़ जाए तो भी कभी नहीं हिचकिचाए..

आपके सानिध्य में यदि प्राण-दान के मूल्य पर भी कर्णाटक का मस्तक "गौ-हत्यानिषेध" के कारण विश्व के समक्ष ऊँचा कर पाएंगे तो आपका जीवनधन्य-धन्य हो जाएगा..गौ-माताओं को आपके द्वारा प्रदत यहअभय-दान हिंदुस्तान में स्वर्णाक्षरों में मढ़ा जाएगा..और फिरगौ-हत्या निषेध क़ी बात हिंदुस्तान में नहीं तो और कहाँ शोभनीयहोगी..महान उपन्यासकार मुंशी प्रेमचंदजी ने ठीक ही फरमाया है; कि अहंकार शुन्य होकर एवं वैयक्तिक लाभ को ध्यान में नारखकर की गई समाज सेवा ही श्रेयस्कर है;

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सरकार ने विधान सभा और विधान परिषद् दोनों में यह बिल पारित कराकर समस्त हिन्दू,सिख.बौध और जैन धर्म को गौरवान्वित किया है पर अभी भी महामहिम राज्यपाल महोदय की अंतिम मुहर लगनी बाकी है,,आशा ही नहीं परम विशवास है कि महामहिम महोदय जनहित में कोई भी राजनितिक दबाव के आगे विपरीत फैसला नहीं सुनायेंगे और करोंडो गौ-प्रेमी बंधुओ कि दुआएं हासिल करेंगे..अहिंसा परमो धर्म ;..
छिद्रय्मय हो नाव,डग-मग चल रही मंज्धार में,
दुर्भाग्य से जो पड़ गई ,दुर्देव के अधिकार में,
तब शरण होगा कौन, जब नाविक दुबाड़े धार में,
संयोग सब अशरण ,शरण कोई नहीं संसार में..

धन्यवाद ...

पूर्व अध्यक्ष ..जैन युवा संगठन ..बन्गलोर
उपाध्यक्ष..भारतीय जैन संगठन..कर्नाटका
सामजिक कार्यकर्ता


Wednesday, January 4, 2012



The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Madhya Pradesh government's efforts to ban cow slaughter and conserve the “cow progeny” have received a shot in the arm following Presidential assent to the long-pending Madhya Pradesh Gau-Vansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak (Madhya Pradesh prohibition of slaughter of cow-progeny (amendment) Bill).

The amended Act puts the responsibility of proving the prosecution wrong on the accused in a cow slaughter case. A person found guilty of cow slaughter would be liable for 7 years imprisonment, instead of the present 3 years, besides a minimum fine of Rs. 5,000.

The government had passed the amendment Bill in the Assembly in 2010 to “strengthen” the existing cow slaughter prohibition Act (Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004) and forwarded it to the Union Home Ministry on September 3, 2010.

It received the Presidential assent on December 22, 2011 and was published in the Madhya Pradesh gazette (extraordinary) on December 31, 2011. The Act will soon come into force through an official notification.

The Bhartiya Janta Party contested for election in Karnataka with a manifesto that if chosen to power, they will ban the slaughtering of cows and oxes. Very well aware of this, the people of Karnataka choose the BJP government into power, and we must commend the BJP government for living up to their end of the bargain.

After introducing and getting the Prevention of Cow Slaughter bill cleared from the assembly, it was supposed to be signed by the governor and enacted as a law, who instead of signing it reverted it to the President of India. The president too is sitting on the bill and technically she can do this forever or till the next elections.

The government is suppose to be 'by the people' and 'for the people' and the President and the Governor are suppose to be the servants of the Republic of India. But instead of acting upon the compassionate will of the people, they have perpetrated a fraud on the people of Karnataka and have hurt their sentiments and played with their emotions. The people of India and especially Karnataka are loosing their patience and are waiting for an answer.

Let us not forget that Chapter IV-A, Article 51A(g) of The Constitution of India stated that, "it shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India ... to have compassion for all living creatures." It should be noted that even the former Prime Minister, the late Indira Gandhi, had written to all State governments in 1982 suggesting a total ban on slaughter of cattle. Severe penalties have been incorporated in the legislation only to ensure an effective enforcement. All the founding fathers of our great nation echoed similar sentiments. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation rightly said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

When we take something from someone, we must return the favor. The Cow had fed and nourished us with the same milk that she feeds and nourishes her baby with. This goes to say a lot. We have fed on her breast milk and now we must return the favor. It's a shame on our conscious to go to bed every night while innocent and noble creatures like cows are brutally and mercilessly slaughtered and hacked apart to death. Creatures who have never wronged or harmed us but only served - only to be slaughtered for their service and love.

Its a statement by the people of Karnataka that we are well aware of our fundamental duties to this great nation and to her earthlings and to her just and fair constitution that has set a shining example of democracy for the world to follow. This is a cry for mercy and a stepping stone for complete nonhuman emancipation. We have sent memorandums to the President of India. This inhumane and shameful mockery of democracy shall not be tolerated any longer. She was there when you needed her. Now she needs you. -


Thanks a lot..


Sajjan Raj Mehta..

Ex President.Jain Yuva Sangathan,Bangalore

Immediate Past President.Karnataka Hosiery & Garment Assn.

V.President.Bhartiya Jain Sangathan.Karnataka