Bangalore, December 31: The city's micro and small industry has decided to object the corporation's insistence on obtaining Dangerous and Offensive Trade licences (D&O licences).
"It is not proper to register the MSMEs that facilitates industrial growth of the region and provides employment to thousands of people under this category," S Ravikumar, president of Coimbatore Tirupur District Micro and Cottage Entrepreneurs Association (COTMA) was quoted as saying to the Times of India.
The association has taken up the issue with the Coimbatore corporation mayor S M Velusamy who has communicated to the members that it's enough they pay the licence fee and professional tax from the current period and not with arrears, Ravikumar said. COTMA also demands a waiver of professional tax for MSMEs that produce goods worth below Rs 75000 during the 6-month period, TOI reports.
With the new law under section 360 of the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation Act, 1981, the city corporation has ruled that places within the city cannot be used as industries or factories without a licence. The public health department of the city issues the D&O licences after it inspects the premises of the proposed factory or unit.
Small entrepreneurs have rejected the government's move to bring these industries under the category of dangerous and offensive trade. They claimed that the nature of their business is neither dangerous nor offensive; however, they said they are willing to apply and obtain licence if they are brought under different category.