STATE LEVEL TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Jaipur, The Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that to provide relief to the common man all of us should take steps which could pave way for the simplification of tax as well as increasing the revenue of the state.
Gehlot was addressing the representatives of Trade and Industry sector in state level Tax Advisory Committee meeting here at convention hall of the chief minister’s office. The meeting, presided over by the Chief Minister was convened to invite suggestions regarding pre-budget preparations for the upcoming state budget of financial year 2011-12. Representatives of Trade and Industry sector, experts in taxation and finance sector were present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister said in the pre-budget preparation meetings held last year valuable suggestions were provided by the Trade and Industry people and this time also the government requires valuable suggestions to make the state budget development oriented and public friendly.
Gehlot asked industrialists and trade organisations representatives to give suggestions that could help in simplifying the taxation and provide relief to the common man as well as increasing revenue of the state. He said increase in revenue would help in spending more money for the public welfare schemes and programmes. The government is doing all efforts to promote trade and industry and create more employment opportunities for the the rapid development of the state, he said.
He said Rajasthan has its own culture where brotherhood, traditions and relations have important place. These cultural values and traditions effect over the industrial sector and the businessman who come here to set-up industry adopt the cultural values of Rajasthan, he said.
The Chief Minister said industrialisation requires basic infrastructure and during our last regime 1750 MW power generated in the state and Rajasthan was number one in energy sector. This time also the government sanctioned three super critical power plants in the state, he said. Gas based plants are also coming in the state. Private sector is coming forward in the power generation. He said the govenrment is concerned about the delay of some power plants due to some hurdles but we are also trying to mitigate such problems.
Gehlot said electricity, water, roads, education and health facilites are the basic requuirements to increase investment and the state government is determined to creatre investor friendly enviornment. After globalisation the scenario is changing, growth in trade and industry is seen and the investment is coming, he said.
Mentioning the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor Gehlot said 39 percent part of the corridor would pass through Rajasthan and it would change the scenario in the coming time. We have to decide our role right now keeping in mind the next 15-20 years, he said.
The Chief Minister asked trade and industry people to give suggestions for the simplification of tax and how it could help in more revenue generation. He said, I hope that our state's future is bright and representative from all sectors should provide such creative suggestion which could be included in the upcoming budget of financial year 2011-12.
Gehlot distributed refund cheques to traders under 'Nivaran Abhiyan-2010' of Commercial Tax department. A total amount worth Rs. 80 crore was refunded to indutrialists and businessman during the entire campaign which continued for a month.
The Industry Minister Rajendra Pareek, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board V. S. Vyas and Commissioner Commercial Tax Department Niranjan Arya also addressed the session. Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) C. K. Mathew, Principal Secretaries of various departments and other senior officials were present in the meeting.