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Sunday , December 30 , 2012
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Traders ire over e-permits

Ranchi, Dec. 29: The state commercial taxes department today declared that e-permits for transporting merchandise on surface routes would be made mandatory from January 1.

Two senior officials of the commercial taxes department and around 100 traders, including some FJCCI office bearers attended the workshop.

The announcement, which was made during a workshop on registration for professional tax and e-permits at the FJCCI auditorium today, however, was met with chagrin by a section of businessmen who claimed they would face a number of practical problems in obtaining permits online.

“The form for obtaining the permit, that is available online, is not user-friendly. It is complicated. Hence, we believe that the state rushed into introducing the move before rectifying its glitches,” Anjay Pancheri a trader, said.

He also asked the government officials to look into the Bengal model which has something called the way-bill.

“The way-bill is the form the Bengal government offers for issuing e-permits. It is simple and user friendly,” he said.

Deputy commissioner of the commercial taxes department Neelam Gupta, who earlier was insisting on the fact that the traders should obtain their e-permits or face penalties also mellowed down after the businessmen started voicing their concerns.

She later asked the traders to make a list of their grievances and promised to look into and resolve them at the earliest.