Mangaluru, Oct 13, 2016: Addressing media, KCCI President, Jeevan Saldanha the newly elected president of KCCI, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in what would be a boost towards promoting IT, Information Technology and enabled services in the coastal belt, the department of information technology and bio-technology, government of Karnataka, is expected to host a seminar in the city soon.
KCCI’s Saldanha said that the seminar is expected to be held either soon early in November. The chamber is closely working with the IT department in setting up incubation centre here, as the innovation hub is also a part of the forthcoming Smart City project’.
Adding, Praveen Kumar Kalbhavi, also an IT entrepreneur said, "A meeting of officers from the department of IT and BT is convened at deputy commissioner’s office on October 14. This will follow a preliminary meeting held with previous deputy commissioner during August, during the time of which, the officers from Bengaluru had shared their plans of promoting electronics and semi-conductors in a tier-II city like Bengaluru. The visiting officials were also apprised of the need for promoting the IT sector."
President Saldanha said that the GST, Goods and Service Taxes Bill that is set for implementation from the next fiscal is another milestone in the country. However, it would be better, if all the levies and taxes are subsumed under GST to check further hardships in the industry. Reacting to queries, he said, "The chamber is also planning to educate the industrialists about GST by organising seminar during November. It is also timely, as there is an information on the government gearing up with the same. The sales tax department had organised a seminar for its employees 10 days ago."
On the delay in setting up of maritime board in Mangaluru, Jeevan Saldanha reasoned that the bill was supposed to get the consent of President of India and hence the delay. The funds have been already sanctioned for the project, he added.
Meeting with CoP : An interaction with Police Commissioner M Chandra Sekhar has been organised on October 19 at KCCI premises, to address problems related to traffic, and law and order. A conclave on tourism is planned in the month of December. It will be followed by another seminar on the use of dedicated business software for the benefit of industries, added Saldanha.
Other visions : Jeevan Saldanha also stressed on promoting flatted industrial estates concept on the lines of Singapore, developing approach roads to Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe and also the city, promotion of mass urban transport system, need to build footpaths, storm water drains, multi-level car parking facilities, developing more lung spaces are some of the matters in the pipe line.