Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, District Coordination Officer form Liaison Committee to solve the issues by the trade and industry

Lahore, June 25, 2012 (PPI-OT): LCCI-DCO Liaison Committee has been formed to solve the issues and problems being faced by the trade and industry. The Committee was established during an LCCI meeting with the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal on Monday. LCCI Acting President Kashif Younis Meher highlighted the issues being faced by trade and industry.

LCCI Vice President Saeeda Nazar, former LCCI Presidents Bashir A Baksh, Sheikh Mohammad Asif and SAARC Chamber Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik and Chairman All Pakistan Cottage Industry Ghulam Sarwar Malik also spoke on the occasion. MNA Pervaiz Malik and Advisor to Chief Minister Mohammad Ali Mian were the special guests.

The DCO said that the very objective of this committee is to solve the business community problems on priority basis. “It would be sort of one-window for the business community where their issues would be solved in 24 hours.”

The issues came under discussion includes Prices of daily-use items, Professional Tax, Social security, EOBI, Labour Inspections, Solid waste tax, Board Tax, surge in crime rate and improper attitude of government functionaries while dealing with business related issues. The DCO said that the all the issues that would brought to the committee would be discussed threadbare with the concerned stakeholders and the representatives of the Lahore Chamber for their immediate and amicable solution.

The District Coordination Officer said that the province would be turned into an ideal investment and business destination through maximum facilitation to the trade and industry that includes a whole new daily use items price-revision mechanism and revision of labour inspections and social security policies.

He said that the District government was well aware of the issues and the day-to-day challenges and solutions are being worked out that would be implemented soon.

Over the issue raised by Kiryana Merchants regarding their harassment on the prices of daily-use items, the DCO said that the two to three days the issue would be resolved.

He took a serious view to the Corporation Tax/Commercialization Fee being charged from the small businessmen and promised to look into it issue to enable the cottage industry people to do their businesses with peace of mind.

Over the issue of parking, the DCO said that the Parking Company is being formed that would be introducing computerized parking ticketing system very soon.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI Acting President Kashif Younis Meher said that issuance of notices to as many as 1250 industries by the Environment Department without even properly probing the issue is a sheer injustice.

“It has created unrest and panic among the businessmen as they were unaware of the whole issue.” The LCCI acting President urged the DCO to direct the Environment Department to desist from such practices in future that are bound to put reverse gear to all government efforts aimed at economic turnaround.

Kashif Younis Meher said that at a time when both the trade and industry were facing multiple internal and external challenges and no new local or foreign investor is ready to put his money in any new venture in the province, the bureaucracy is busy in making moves against the existing businesses but the business community would not accept such tactics.

He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, since its very inception, is striving for the promotion of trade and industry but the recent issuance of notices to industrial units is a calculated move to thwart these efforts and bound to cause massive lay-offs. “When these units will be forced to stop their operations, the hundreds and thousands daily wagers attached with these industrial units would definitely take to the streets.”

What sort of message, the bureaucracy is giving the business doing people, the LCCI Acting President questioned. He said that the business community was unable to understand that when the Chief Minister Punjab himself was leading street protests against power and gas shortages and fully aware of the problems of the business community harassment among the businessmen is being created.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854

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