Allot 130 MT oxygen to Karnataka Industries: KASSIA

 Allot 130 MT oxygen to Karnataka Industries: KASSIA
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Bangalore, June 2, 2021: Following the meeting called by the minister for large and medium industries, Jagadish S. Shettar yesterday with industry association representatives and manufacturers of liquid oxygen, the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) requested the State government to allot 130 MT of oxygen to MSMEs in Karnataka including 30 MT to small industries operating in Bengaluru. The minister has assured to consider the proposal subject to availability and prevailing demand-supply situation.

KASSIA president, K.B. Arasappa appealed to the minister to permit MSMEs to operate in the State without any hindrance immediately, just like other permitted industries.

In its latest memorandum submitted to the State government, KASSIA reiterated its plea on behalf of MSMEs to waive fixed charges and exempt them from payment of electricity tax/interest for 6 months, reduce property tax by 25%, waive interest on KSFC loans for 3 months, defer any and all proposed hikes in power, water, property tax, panchayat tax, till the situation returns to normalcy, postpone inspection of MSMEs for 6 months and facilitate Covid vaccination centres in all industrial estates.

On long-term and central issues, KASSIA sought relaxation in NPA norms, permit quarterly GST payment, and give an extension of 6 months for statutory payments like ESI/PF.

KASSIA thanked the DPIIT and the Disaster Management Division of the Home Ministry for acceding to its request to resume supply of oxygen for MSMEs and continuous process industries such as furnaces, refineries, steel, aluminium, copper processing plants, exporters in manufacturing sector requiring oxygen for production and food processing units.

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