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Fight new tax proposals, traders told

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KOCHI, JAN. 25. The president of the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithy (KVVES), T. Naseeruddin, has called upon the trading community to fight the new tax proposals in the budget which are detrimental to their cause.

Speaking at the district conference of the KVVES here today, he expressed the disenchantment of the traders with the State Government saying that the samithy would do a rethink on support in the next election.

``We have not given word to anyone to support forever,'' he said, signalling to Sebastian Paul, MP, who was on the stage. ``There is no permanent love or hatred among the traders,'' he said.

Mr. Nasseruddin said they would never allow the Government to stifle the small traders in the name of sales tax. The State committee of the KVVES met here today and decided to approach the MLAs on Tuesday to convince them of the negative impact of the State budget on the traders. The traders will register their protest against the budgetary proposals all over the State on Wednesday evening. The KVVES threatened to step up the agitation if the Government failed to consider its demand.

``Traders constitute the biggest segment of tax payers in the State...We give Rs. 7,000 crores to Government in tax. We use 11 per cent of power and give Rs. 4,000 crores in tariff. Yet, we are the neglected lot,'' he said.

According to him, it is time for a "loud rethink". He lambasted the Government for the employment promises it had made in the name of Global Investor Meet (GIM). ``Give us the concessions you are offering to foreign investors. We'll give job to 15 lakh people,'' he said.

He called upon the dissidents in Ernakulam district to come to the mainstream. A dithering unit could do nothing, he said.

Inaugurating the meeting, Sebastian Paul, MP, said that it was time the traders and workers united for a common cause. Both were facing the common problems, he said..

K.P.K. Menon, district president of the KVVES, presided. K.K. Viswambharan, vice-president, welcomed the gathering. A procession from the High Court premises to the meeting ground was taken out earlier.

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