Saturday, March 17, 2012

SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN INVITES TEAM ANNA MEMBERS TO DISCUSS JAN LOKAYUKTA IMPLEMENTATION IN MP
Days after Team Anna members led by Sharad Singh Kumre asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to immediately pass the Jan Lokayukta Bill in the state on the lines of the one enacted in Uttarakhand, the Bharatiya Janata government has invited the members for a meeting with the CM on Friday.
Kumre along with other member Vipin Kothari had sat on a 3-day fast to press for Jan Lokayukta in the state. The fast that began on March 13 was called off yesterday night after an official from the MP government invited Kumre for talks with Chouhan.
The CM and Team Anna members would deliberate upon the implementation of Jan Lokayukta which provides for a strong protection for whistle-blowers.
The team would also demand for effective action in all the complaints of illegal mining in the state.

Union Budget 2012-13: A mixed bag for MSMEs
‘Extending MAT Coverage on Proprietorship & Partnership firms to
adversely affect 97% of MSMEs’

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector has termed the Budget 2012-13 as a mixed bag. While raising the turnover limit for compulsory audit from Rs. 60 lac to one crore has been widely welcomed, the extension of Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT ) on proprietorship and partnerships firms  is being termed as troublesome.
                                            
 “With 97% of MSME being proprietorship and partnership firms, extension of MAT on MSMEs will make capital formation and subsequent raising of funds even more difficult for them” according to V.K. Agarwal, President of Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME).

‘The Finance Minister stopped at highlighting the importance of manufacturing and taking but only a few ad-hoc measures to demonstrate his willingness in following-through the promise.  The Budget just made passing remarks on the GST, National Manufacturing Zones, SME Exchange, 20% mandatory procurement from MSEs in public procurement  etc. According to FISME, he needed to take a strategic view by having a investment friendly import duty structure, especially after prolonged and substantive discussions  in Planning Commission with stake holders on impulsing manufacturing’, President FISME  said. 

On the access to equity funds by MSMEs, FISME welcomed exempting capital gains tax on sale of a residential property if the sale consideration is used for subscription in equity of a manufacturing SME company for purchase of new plant and machinery and creation of Rs. 5000 crore fund for equity support .  The decision to extend the weighted deduction of 200 per cent for R&D expenditure in an in-house facility beyond March 31, 2012 for a further period of five years was well received too. 

FISME also welcomed higher duty protection given to cycle and cycle parts manufacturers reeling under onslaught of cheap imports and noted that many labour intensive sectors need support through strategic use of import duties and NTBs.   Similarly, reduction in duties for inputs of industries such as Paper, Medical devices etc. would also prove beneficial.  

FISME particularly lauded the decision to use technological platform for disbursement of subsidies as large scale leakage has been reported in their delivery process.   

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