CII Haryana submits Pre Budget Memorandum
The Haryana Chapter of CII submitted Pre Budget Memorandum for the year 2020-21 to Shri Manohar Lal, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Haryana at Gurugram. In the memorandum, CII has made suggestions on issues ranging from GST, Infrastructure Development, Reduction in Passenger Tax, Industrial Development and Skill Development amongst others.
While presenting the memorandum, Mr Anuj Munjal, Chairman, CII Haryana State Council & Executive Director, Munjal Auto Industries Ltd said that “Haryana has huge untapped growth potential which can be leveraged to take Haryana’s GDP to USD 250 billion by 2023-24”. This can be achieved by sustaining double digit growth in State GDP, moving towards cash crops, creating food parks around mega food parks, sustaining Haryana’s share in automobile manufacturing in India; and positioning Hisar as MRO hub of Northern India amongst others said Mr Munjal. For accelerating growth of Start-Ups, CII recommended Government to create common testing facilities to reduce operation costs along with Government funded programmes for their business development. Besides, CII also suggested the provision of hand holding by Government for filing patents and IPR registrations to promote R&D and technology absorption.
On the GST front, it has been suggested to request the Government of India to exempt Wheat Products from GST irrespective of whether branded or not and also to reduce local taxes levied in Haryana on wheat in the form of Arhatiya Commission at the rate of 3.5%. It has also been requested to formulate “Sabka Vishwas Scheme for State Tax Laws” on the lines of “Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019” of the Government of India that resolves all disputes relating to the erstwhile Service Tax and Central Excise Acts.
To encourage shared mobility, the memorandum suggests reducing Passenger Tax which was increased by 5 times of the prevailing rate in the year 2017. With the focus on infrastructure sector, CII has suggested to make a time bound plan with targets for completion of major projects viz. Rewari-Hisar as an Industrial Area; and developing Convention Centre Project at Gurugram amongst others.
To promote green buildings in the State, Haryana Government should make Green Buildings Certification mandatory for all the new and existing government buildings. As orders for closure of Industrial activities across Delhi NCR come soon after Deepawali on account of increased pollution, it has been suggested in the memorandum to urge the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal to clarify in their order that Industrial Units that are complying with the emission norms (or using Natural Gas or other such environment friendly fuels) are out of the purview of this order and they are free to continue with their industrial activities as per the prevailing environmental laws and approvals.
On the employment front, CII has suggested the State to consider setting up Model Career Centres in all the districts of Haryana. These Model Career Centres will provide last mile connectivity between job seekers and industry / businesses.
To meet the challenges of water scarcity, CII has already conducted Water Mapping Studies for Gurugram and Faridabad districts. CII proposes to the State Government to earmark funds for carrying out similar scientific studies for the Water Mapping of the remaining districts for the better water development and water management purposes.