SRINAGAR: Kashmir Traders Federation (KTF) has expressed anguish over the “harassment” of Kashmiri traders by the “autocratic” officials at Lakhanpur check post while importing goods into the state.
KTF chief spokesperson Ajaz Shahdhar in a statement said that during the physical verification of trucks at Lakhanpur, these “autocratic” officials stop the vehicles and keep them in the queue for many days. These officials, he said, have no sympathy with the traders of the Valley who suffered a lot of losses during the devastating floods in 2014.
“While we have not been compensated so far for those losses, these officials have no sympathy with us and as a result our business continues to suffer,” said Shahdhar.
The KTF has been receiving frequent complaints from Valley-based traders in this regard, he added.
The commercial taxes department has set a yearly target of collection of tax at the post, and in order to achieve it they levy extra penalties and fines on Valley traders, Shahdhar said.
Shamim Wani, Additional Commissioner Sales Tax while talking to Kashmir Reader said that only half a dozen vehicles out of 2,000 undergo physical checking at the Commercial Tax toll post, adding that verification by officials takes place on the same day on which vehicles reach Lakhanpur. “It might take 6 hours to 24 hours for verification but in most cases verification happens on the same day,” Wani said.
Wani said the time-consuming process for the truckers is that at the toll post and not the commercial tax check post. The sales tax counter is fully computerised and least time-consuming, he claimed.