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Govt’s decision to impose entry tax on yarn puts industry in a dire straits

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-01-13 17:00:00 – Ludhiana

The Punjab government has apparently decided to impose Non-Vatable Entry Tax on yarn being brought in from other states, including Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi. As there were repeated requests and memorandum coming from spinners in the state asking to either reduce VAT on yarn manufactured in the state or impose restrictions on import of yarn from other states.

However, the textile and hosiery industry claim that levying of entry tax on yarn brought from other states would put a major impact on the industry in Ludhiana as they will be forced to purchase yarn from the local industry in Punjab that has 6% VAT on it.

Industry leaders have held talks with minister for industry and commerce Madan Mohan Mittal recently urging that such a tax should not be levied.

The Punjab Spinners Association manufacturing yarn had formed a steering committee last year that demanded that the state government should try to save the local yarn manufacturers.

Dinesh Lakra, president of Laghu Udyog Bharti, Punjab, said that the state government had decided to impose a Non-Vatable Entry Tax on yarn being imported from other states and this had been conveyed to them through meetings with senior officials and the minister concerned.

This will be a major setback to hosiery, blanket, shawl knitted fabric manufacturers and other textile industries of Punjab. This will make their industry incompetitive and the spinners of Punjab will make a monopolistic cartel to charge high rates of yarn.

The state government had levied entry tax on yarn even in 2008 but after severe criticism and court cases the tax was changed to ‘advance tax’ in 2013. However, there is an exemption from advance tax if it is not a taxable item.

Lakra said that if the state government wants to provide relief to the spinners then they should lower the tax.

Meanwhile, MM Vyas, president of Punjab Spinners Association, said that import of yarn from other states into Punjab had caused major injury to the yarn manufacturers of the state. Yarn in neighbouring states is either free of VAT or has lower rate of tax as a result there was no level playing field for the yarn manufacturer of Punjab. The entry tax could be levied by the state government if the state had similar tax on specific items.

Knitwear Club has decided to oppose the move of the government in case such a tax was levied as the industry would be ruined if tax was levied on import of yarn from other states.

A meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday between Minister for industry and commerce Madan Mohan Mittal Madan Mohan Mittal, spinners as well as hosiery and textile industry to discuss the matter in detail and arrive at a win-win solution.

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