Marching towards putting an end to inspector raj

The launch of Punjab small traders Rahat scheme, marked the end of inspector raj in the Punjab state. Expressing relief on the part of traders of the state, the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal said that, “It is an attempt to provide suitable and congenial atmosphere to the traders, where they can run their business activities without any fear and hassle. We believe in freedom of doing business activities that let the traders do what they can do best. ”

What is Punjab small traders Rahat scheme?
Punjab small traders Rahat scheme, was initiated by the Punjab government with a vision to impost lump sum tax on traders. Any person who is a retailer, does not conduct any business in Class 1 municipal town or any inter – state sale or purchase and whose taxable turnover is less than rupees one crore in a financial year is eligible under the Rahat scheme.

The tax liability of a person opting under this scheme, is as follows:

Serial No.

Taxable turnover (excluding the turnover of goods covered under single stage taxation)

Tax Liability


Rs.0-Rs.25 lakhs

Rs. 5000


Rs.25-Rs.50 Lakhs

Rs. 10,000


Rs.50-Rs.75 Lakhs

Rs. 15,000


Rs.75 Lakhs –Rs.1 crore

Rs. 20,000

With the visionary far sight of the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government, the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal proposed the radical initiative of establishing Bureau of Industry Inspections, in the 2nd Progressive Punjab on October 28 – 29. The Bureau of Industry Inspections shall help the industrialists to move out from the tight fists of Inspector raj in Punjab. He claimed that with the provision of transforming all the department facilities online, when a situation of complaint arises out of the central government rules, the inspector shall visit the industry only with prior approval of the Labor commissioner.

The officials and bureaucrats of Excise and taxation department is no longer entitled to inspect the records or shops of traders, who have registered themselves under the Rahat scheme. Such revolutionary initiatives by the state government have contributed in large numbers towards simplifying the trade procedure and business in state, along with fulfilling the twin objective of removing red – tapism from the state. It has even helped in having a hawk eye towards the dealers who do not pay even a single penny as a Value Added Tax (VAT) to the state government thereby boosting the revenue and the economic development of the Punjab state.

Needless to say, as the administrative work turns paperless it has helped in the effective and efficient functioning of the government. As every new scheme gets hindered in terms of red tapism and inspector raj – which eventually kills the larger objective for which it was initiated. Paperless administration contributes towards transparent decision making and a uniform civil procedure that simplifies the legal procedures. After all, in order to overcome the unnecessary bureaucracy stemming from the Indian law, we need to cut the red tape.


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