Stakeholders present wish list to MP during pre-budget meet

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Demand more procurement centres for agricultural commodities across State

Fiscal future:Pralhad Joshi, MP, speaking at the pre-budget consultation held at Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hubli on Friday. —Photo: Kiran Bakale
Fiscal future:Pralhad Joshi, MP, speaking at the pre-budget consultation held at Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hubli on Friday. —Photo: Kiran Bakale

: Holding a pre-budget consultation with various stakeholders on the State and the Union budgets, Pralhad Joshi, MP, said here on Friday that he would try and ensure proposals that would facilitate the overall development of the region would be included in them.

With the preparations having begun for budgets, Mr. Joshi had organised the pre-budget consultation in association with Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here in which various stakeholders, including businessmen, experts from various fields, and members of various organisations, put forward their suggestions.

H.S. Vijaykumar, Registrar of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, said that unless there were adequate procurement centres across the State, the exercise of announcing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agricultural commodities would not serve any purpose. TheMSP for agricultural commodities had become more beneficial to farmers of States like Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh where there were adequate procurement centres.

Mr Vijaykumar emphasised the need for setting up government agencies like Karnataka Oilseed Federation for intervention during fall in prices of other crops.

During the consultation, some participants raised the issue of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), which has been approved for Hubli-Dharwad, and drew the attention of the MP towards the failure of the system in other cities.

However, Mr Joshi appealed to them not to oppose the project, saying such projects would pave way for infrastructure development through construction of flyovers in the future.

Businessman O.V. Gadag raised the issue of cooperative banks being asked to pay 33 per cent tax on profit and called for its reduction, while another businessman drew Mr. Joshi’s attention towards problems faced by persons who were not liable to pay tax because of the tax deducted at source.

The process of getting the refund caused hardships, he said.

Another highlighted the need for exempting charitable institutions from service tax.Submitting a memorandum on behalf of KCCI, its president N.P. Javali and other office-bearers highlighted the need for introduction of new superfast trains between Hubli, Mumbai and Banglore; train connectivity between Hubli, Hyderabad and Gulbarga, Haveri–Gadag, Hubli–Belgaum, running of Sampark Kranti Express on a daily basis; conversion of Harihar–Kottur–Hospet line to broad gauge, upgrading Badami Railway station, track doubling between Hubli–Hospet–Toranagal, Hubli–Goa, Gadag–Solapur, Hubli and Bangalore.

Chairman of NGEF, Hubli, Ranga Baddi, urged the MP to prevail upon the State government to release Rs. 100 crore for the development of NGEF, while chairman of NWKRTC M.S. Karigoudar sought adequate funds for the transport corporation.

ubli-Dharwad Mayor Pandurang Patil, KCCI office-bearers Vasanth Ladwa, Vishwanath Ginimav, CEO of Sankalp Semiconductor Vivek Pawar, chairman of Karnataka Bal Vikas Academy Mahesh Tenginakai were present.

  • Participants stress need for superfast trains between Hubli, Mumbai and Banglore

  • Issue of BRTS in Hubli-Dharwad raised; MP appeals for support to the project




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