Shillong| May 01, 2019:

The KHADC Executive Committee (EC) has decided to enhance the license fee for obtaining trading license by the non-tribals even as approving the digitisation of the licensing system.

“We have decided to enhance the license fees for obtaining of the trading license by the non-tribals. The last enhancement was done 14 years ago in 2005,” Executive Member in charge Trade department, Paul Lyngdoh told reporters after the meeting of the Executive Committee here today.

Stating that the trade department has been neglected for the past many years, he said that the area which was neglected most is the licensing system adding that this negligence has badly affected the revenue generation of the Council.

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“Due to the non-revision of the licence fees all these years, functioning of the department has been affected. Revenue generation had become weak and due to this, we found out that 50 percent of the traders, either do not apply for the licence or use licence which was renewed four years back, which shows that the administration and enforcement of the (Trading By Non-Tribals) Regulation, 1954 is too weak,” Lyngdoh said.

Meanwhile, he said that this proposal to enhance the license fees would definitely help to improve the revenue generations of the Council. “We are increasing the license fees for the multi-national companies by 150 to 200 percent. We will  have different slap on the license fees which needs to be paid for the different trade,” he said.

Informing that the revenue generation on the collection of the license fees was Rs one crore, he said that the there will be a jump to Rs two crore in revenue following this enhancement.

Lyngdoh also added that to enable better generation of revenue from the Trade department, there was a need to strengthen the enforcement system.

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According to the EM in-charge Trade in this new system, the traders will enter their details in a system and the office of the KHADC will process those applications and then if the district council decides to grant them licence, it will provide them with stickers wherein the traders will have to display them in their establishments.

He also informed that the EC has also indentified 31 new trades which are still outside the purview of the Act. “With the passage of time new services and trades have come up,” Lyngdoh said.



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