Monday, December 31, 2012

Shri Pranabh Mukherjee, President of India addressed at FAPCCI

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India addressed the captains of Industry, Trade and Commerce on December 28, 2012 at 4.45 pm at Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad. In this occasion Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India had a group photograph with the members of Managing Committee, FAPCCI. Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Balaram Nayak, Union Minister for Social Justice, Dr. (Smt.) J. Geetha Reddy, Minister for Major Industries, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri. Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister for IT & Communications, Sri Devendra Surana, President, FAPCCI, Sri Srinivas Ayyadevara, Senior Vice President, FAPCCI, Sri Shiv Kuamr Rungta, Vice President, FAPCCI, Sri M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI also participated at this occasion.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Seminar on “Energy Conservation in Industrial Sector-Way Forward”

FAPCCI in association with NRECAP organized a Seminar on “Energy Conservation in Industrial Sector-Way Forward” on 19th December, 2012 at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Federation House, Red Hills, Hyd. Mr. Kamalakar Babu, vice Chairman & Managing Director, NREDCAP was the chief guest at this occasion. 

Mr. Devendra Surana, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Rajanikant, Dy. Director, Energy Management, National Productivity Council, Hyderabad, Mr. Manu Mathew, Marketing Executive, Siemens India Ltd, Mr. V. Anil Reddy, Chairman, Energy Committee, FAPCCI and Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI also addressed at this seminar.

Investment opportunities in Argentina: Mr. Tomas Ferrari, Consul General of Argentina

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FAPCCI) in association with the Consulate General and Promotion Center of Argentina in Mumbai and EXIM Bank of India Organized an Seminar on “Doing Business with Argentina: Trade, Tourism & Investment Opportunities” on December 17, 2012 at FAPCCI, Hyderabad. Mr. Tomas Ferrari, Consul General of Argentina was the chief guest for this occasion. 

Mr. Devendra Surana, President, FAPCCI, Mr. A. Subrahmanyam, Deputy General Manager, EXIM Bank of India, Ms. Medha Sampat, Argentina Tourism Consultant (INPROTUR), Mr. T.V. Rao, representative of EXIM Bank of India, Mr. Shyam Sunder Pasari, Chairman, International Trade Committee, FAPCCI and Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI have participated at the interactive meeting. 

Addressing a Seminar His Excellency Tomas Ferrari, Consul General of Argentina inviting investments to invest Agri, Bio-Mass, coal, sugar, solar, soya and wine sectors. Argentina was the largest wine exporter worldwide and India was the largest consumer for it. The India and Argentina had set a trade target of $3 billion by 2012 from $1.3 billion in 2008. Indian exports to Argentina in 2008 amounted to $289.7 million, while Argentina’s exports to India were valued at $ 906 million. Chemical products account for about 40 % of India's total exports to Argentina, while edible oils constitute 75 % of total imports from Argentina. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Interactive Meeting on TDS with Ms. Subashree Anantkrishnan, IRS., Commissioner of Income Tax

FAPCCI organized an Interactive Meeting on TDS with Ms. Subashree Anantkrishnan, IRS., Commissioner of Income Tax – TDS and other Senior Officers of Department on 15th December, 2012 at KLN Prasad Auditorium, Federation House, Red Hills, Hyd.

Mr. Srinivas Ayyadevara, Senior Vice President in his welcome address stated that over the years, Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) has emerged as major tool of Revenue collection in India. However, the way the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, deal with the TDS are worded; tax payers have to deal with several interpretational and procedural issues. Adding to the complexity is a plethora of judicial rulings on these issues. This is a cause for concern both for the Tax payers and Revenue. While the tax payers grapple with consequential issues of cash flow, disallowances, interest, penalty and long drawn litigation, revenue, apart from litigation has to deal with administrative issues of refund processing. In addition, the numerous compliance requirements add significantly to the compliance cost to the business.

He also brought few of the problems faced by assessees to the kind notice of department:

* One such is granting of credit in respect of TDS in the return of income has now been linked to the full matching of the same in the NSDL system. This has become an area of unnecessary harassment to all assesses across the country.

* As Processing of income tax returns has been centralized in CPC Bangalore,  It has been noticed that very old returns are being processed regularly and fictitious demands  raised without checking with the jurisdictional Assessing Officers on the assesses records covering payment of self assessment tax and TDS.

Mr. Abhay Kumar Jain, Chairman, Direct Taxes Committee in his introductory remarks said that it is a transition period, since November 1st on wards the assessees are not able to file the revised returns and TAN login and the Proposed CPC – TDS creates a lot of problem and asked the road map to the commissioner to spell out the future plans of the department. FAPCCI will join hands with department to create awareness about the proposed changes.

Ms. Subashree Anantkrishnan, IRS., Commissioner of Income Tax – TDS while addressing the gathering expressed her happiness that FAPCCI is organizing this meeting, as this will help in resolving some of the issues / problems. These fora are meant to create greater interactions between the department and the tax payers. There are of course several issues which are beyond her capacity which can be posed to the superior authority for redressal.

She informed that State government / Central government - TAN Holders out of 35000 companies, only 6000, Branches of companies – out of 8600, only 4000, for Individuals – Out of 31000 only 400 and firms – out of 2800 only 200 are filed the returns. This shows the compliance level is poor.

The department was lenient and liberal, but now, the department will be aggressive and will take punitive action and also prosecutions when the deductor deducts the amount and not remitting to the government and not filing the returns.

The department’s computerization is so messy, because it will depend on 3rd party compliance, so it is taking more time to settle, there is a need to remain patience during this course of transition.
With regard to CPC Bangalore – earlier the demands were not properly uploaded, they are segregating the refund, we are trying to resolve this issue.

With regard to Cash flow certificates under sec 197, she informant that the department has issued 20000 non deduction certificates to the industries this year. The department can issue lower deduction certificates instead of nil deduction certificates.

She also informed that the suggestion of FAPCCI on to design TDS Challan in such a manner that it should contain PAN numbers of deductees and it must upload at the time of payment of challan and must be credited at the moment is under active consideration of Central Board of Direct Taxes.

Responding to the suggestion of FAPCCI to conduct Lok Adalat for TDS Issues, she informed that the department will conduct the Lok Adalat in association with FAPCCI during January, 2013 to resolve the day – to – day issues.

Mr. C.V.S. Dharaninath, Income Tax Officer gave a detailed power point presentation on Mismatch of TDS and its repurcations.

Sri Ramdev Bhutada, Co- Chairman – Direct Taxes Committee moderated the meeting.

Mr. Ritesh Mittal, Chartered Accountant gave a presentation of Issues under TDS Vis a Vis, CPC- TDS. 

Smt. Anjala Sahu, IRS., and Mr. T. Diwakar Prasad, IRS., Addl. Commissioner of Income Tax and other senior officers of the department attended the meeting and clarified many issues along with Commissioner of Income Tax – TDS.

Mr. K. Hanmandloo, Co- Chairman – Direct Taxes Committee proposed vote of thanks. 

Interactive meeting with Mr. B. Ramanjaneyulu, IAS, Commissioner of Labour, Govt. of AP

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry in association with Department of Labour & Employment, Government of Andhra Pradesh organized an interactive meeting on “HR Practices and Industrial Relations - In The Face of Rapid Industrial Growth” with Mr. B. Ramanjaneyulu, IAS, Commissioner of Labour, Government of Andhra Pradesh on 13th December 2012 at Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad.

Mr. Devendra Surana, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Subba Rao, Chairman, HR Committee, Mr. Arun Kumar Dukkipati, Advisor, HRD Committee, FAPCCI, Mr. V. Kumar, Co-Chairman, HRD Committee, FAPCCI and Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI have participated at the interactive session.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

FSA Charges – Death Knell to Steel Industry

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) in association with Andhra Pradesh Steel Industry jointly organized an Press Meet on "High Retrospective FSA Charges - Death Knell to Steel Industry - Adverse impact on the economy of the State" on December 12, 2012 at Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad. Mr. Devendra Surana, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Suresh Kumar Singhal, Chairman, AIIFA- South Central Region, Mr. M R Prasad, Secretary General – Ferro Alloys Association, Mr. Shiv Kumar Rungta, Vice President, FAPCCI, Mr. R.K. Agarwal, Gen Secretary, AIIFA, Mr. Anil Agarwal, Jeevaka Industries Limited, Mr. Arun Kumar Dukkipati, Chairman, Industrial Development Committee, FAPCCI and Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, FAPCCI was addressed to the Media.

Steel Industry at the threshold of closing down – Heavy burden of FSA

 The Steel and Ferro Alloys Industries are literally on the sick bed.  Their reserves and resources have been eroded, thanks to 40% to 60% power cuts over the last 16 months from September, 2011.  Their financial strength is so badly weakened that they are not in a position to pay the electricity bills of November, 2012, in which 35% to 50% of normal running bill is the component of FSA.  There is one bill in which the normal electricity bill is Rs. 70 lakhs whereas the FSA component amounts to Rs. 35 lakhs.  In another bill, the normal electricity bill is Rs. 4 crores whereas the FSA component constitutes as much as Rs. 1.41 lakhs. 

Steel Industry is power intensive and the power constitutes 40% of the cost of production.  Owing to the power cuts in the last 16 months the production and sale of the steel industry have declined drastically.  The Industry was just maintaining the production and sale at the breakeven level where their revenues are equal to their expenses.  Thus, they do not have any surpluses to meet the additional billing of FSA component and that to large amounts varying from Rs. 35 lakhs to Rs. 1.5 - 2 cores. 

It is against this weakened financial position of the steel industry; the industry has not made payments of the electricity bills of November, 2012, the last date of which was December 10, 2012.  Thus the industry in the throes of serious financial crisis and are at the threshold of closing down the entire industry unless some immediate remedial measures are initiated both by the Government and the industry.

We would like to place before you the nature of Steel Industry and its importance in the State’s economy.

1.     The investment in the Steel Industry in the State is to the extent of Rs. 10,000 cores;
2.     It supports the downstream industries whose investment would be around Rs. 1,00,000 crore;
3.     Its direct employment is about 1,00,000
4.     The employment it supports in the downstream industry is to the tune of Rs. 8 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.
5.     The Steel Industry contributes Rs. 1000 crores towards payment of electricity charges, Rs. 1500 crores towards Excise Duty and Rs. 500 cores towards VAT per annum.
6.     Once the industry is forced to close down on account of external conditions such as high FSA charges, low power supply or high quantum of power cuts, the adverse impact will be on the economy of the State, employment, etc.
7.     Steel Industry is a core industry and has multiplier effect on the economic growth of the State and the Country by a multiple of 6 and thereby it forms a major portion of the GSDP of the State though its production is only 2% of the overall industrial production and its effect is as much as 12% on the industrial production and a little over 3% on the GSDP of the State which is a very significant per cent in terms of a economic impact.

Monday, December 10, 2012

FAPCCI requested to RBI Governor to reduce interest rates for Industries


Dr. D. Subba Rao,
Reserve Bank of India,
Central Office Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,
MUMBAI - 400 001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Interest Rates – Reg.

We are one of the oldest Chambers in the country with a 97 year history of serving the needs of industry and trade.

Currently industrial sector is in doldrums and being squeezed from all sides. We request you to consider a reduction in interest rates as that is one of the major pain points for the industry.

Interest in Industrial Production:
The Interest Rates in India have been very high for the last two years. This has had a very negative impact on the industrial activity in India. The IIP Nos are trending towards ‘0’. In a developing country like India any IIP Nos less than 5% is disastrous. Less than 2% (which is population growth) should have been treated as an emergency situation. However, we find that the policy action both from the Government and the RBI seems to be indifferent. A rough back of the envelope calculation shows that in order to reach where China is today in the next 15 years, we require an industrial growth in excess of 10%. One reason why manufacturing decline is not hurting the entire economy is due to very low (16%) contribution to the economy, and this is how becoming lower. Any long term growth projection for an economy of India’s nature will require a contribution from manufacturing of over 20%, anything less than this will be unsustainable both in terms of employment and viability of the economy.

Interest & Inflation:
High interest rates are very important to keep inflation in check when there is demand led inflation. However, even a cursory study shows that in India Inflation is due to supply constraint.  Thus, the high interest rates are an impediment to creation of capacity. Only excess capacity can reduce the artificial scarcity in the market which is leading to inflation. High interest also adds to high inflation in a lot of sensitive areas including housing and durable goods. Interest rates add to EMI and thus increasing the cost to consumers. High interest rate is also creating difficulties for infrastructure companies which are unable to complete infrastructure projects. Lots of Infrastructure Projects are getting unviable. A lack of infrastructure once again increases the costs in the economy which leads to inflation.

The only other contributor to the Inflation in today’s situation is the huge Fiscal Deficit run by both the State and Central Governments contributing to inflation. The deficit is increasing due to welfare schemes of the Government. These are having bigger ripple affects on the wages than was envisaged when the policy was announced. Thus industry is being squeezed at both ends and facing enormous hardship. Lower interest rates will bring down some of the Government expenditure in the form of interest.

Interest and External Sector:
The interest rate differential between India and rest of the world is at a historical high.  With the libor at less than one and prime rate in India at around 14%, I cannot remember any time when this differential was at 13% for a sustained period of time. This interest rate differential is putting our companies at a big competitive disadvantage and making it impossible for the capital intensive industrial sectors to compete with the rest of the world. Thus indirectly the high interest rates are also one of the reasons for our high Current Account Deficit.

Given the above situation there is an urgent imperative for the RBI to reduce interest rates not by a token of 25% basis point or 50% basis point but by a 200% basis point. This will have an impact to stimulate the economy and reducing all the evils mentioned above.

Looking forward to your urgent action

Thanking you,
Devendra surana-signature
Devendra Surana
President, FAPCCI 

"India MSME Report 2012" Released

FAPCCI in association with Institute of Small Enterprises have organized the event of release of India MSME Report 2012 at Surana Udyog Auditorium.

Sri Srinivas Ayyadevara, Senior Vice President, FAPCCI in his address urged the government to take measures to improve the share of industrial sector in APGSDP, which is currently at around 11% to 16%, which is the national average. 

Dr. P.M. Mathew, Director, Institute of Small Enterprises and Development has given the highlights of the report.

Dr. Rajat Kumar, IAS, Commissioner of Industries released the Report and spoke on the occasion.
He congratulated Dr. Mathews for the exhaustive work done by the institute, which is referred by Government Planning Departments and also the Industry Associations.

He said that 80% of industry problems are related to 20% problems and termed it as 80-20 Policy. The major problem that is faced by the industry in the state now is power and said that government is ready to supply 400 MW of power to industry at a higher price and commended FAPCCI or taking up similar exercise. Other problem that needs immediate attention is Credit availability to the industry and said India is lacking Credit worthiness rating system as in Korea.

He stated that we need to focus on two things:

What all policies/programs are available for industry and how they are implemented and
Revival of sick units and apply our heart and mind to solve the problem of sickness.

Other Participants in the programme are Dr. Chandrasekha Reddy, Director General, NIMSME; Dr. Akadas, Director, MSME-DI; Mr. Kannan, General Manager (SMEs), Andhra Bank, Dr. Rammohan Rao, Head of the Department, Geetam’s Institute of Management, Mr. Arukumar Dukkipati, Chairman, Industrial Development Committee, FAPCCI

Mr. Shiv kumar Rungta, Vice President, FAPCCI has proposed vote of thanks.