Pune: The Weight Measurement Licence Holders Association of Pune has said that the State government’s decision to double the licence renewal charges of weighing machines is unjustified.
It has put a financial burden on around 5 lakh small businessmen across the city, said Rajesh Shinde, President of the association, during a media interaction on Wednesday. A government resolution (GR) was issued on April 20 mentioning the licence renewal fees for various weighing machines. The association said businessmen from the State are forced to buy weighing machines from states such as Gujarat. If they purchase them in Maharashtra, the revenue will not go outside the State.
“We demand the rollback of the decision, which will badly affect over 5 lakh businessmen, including small fruits and vegetable vendors. The government is charging 18 per cent GST on the verification charges of the weighing scale, which is unjust,” said Shinde.
In 2002, licence renewal fees for manufacturers was Rs 500. It was Rs 100 for vendors and Rs 200 for calibrators. In 2018, the government has increased charges to Rs 10,000 for manufacturers, Rs 2,000 for vendors and Rs 4,000 for