Unruly scenes mark election of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce
Jamshedpur: Apparently, giving in to the demand for early elections, the incumbent working committee of the state’s leading industry body, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry without a chief since May this year after its president Raj Kumar Agarwal was sent to jail for his role in the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash-for-vote scam had called for polls this month.
Unruly scenes of brawl and commotion marked the biennial elections of Kolhan’s oldest trade body, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( SCCI) here on Tuesday evening. The election took place to appoint 11 new office-bearers and 23 executive body members leading to a remarkable win of Suresh Sonthalia’s team.
The Chambers Bhawan, office of the trade outfit in Bistupur was abuzz with activity since morning. However during voting in the evening a section of voters clashed over bogus voting. However after interference of the candidates the matter was sorted out.
During the AGM out going general secretary of SCCI Vijay Anand Moonka read out the annual report . The AGM was chaired by the new president Suresh Sonthalia, who was elected uncontested. Sonthalia replaced R K Agarwal who is in custody in connection with the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash-for-vote scam.
The polls began at 1 pm under the supervision of six electoral officers — Murlidhar Kedia, R.N. Gupta, Gopal Harlalka, P.S. Sen, Deepak Dokania and Pannalal Gautam.
Altogether, 868 SCCI members took part in the election through a secret ballot. The trade body has 1,199 members.
The oldest traders body of the state (second in undivided Bihar) SCCI was constituted in 1950 and is the largest body looking after businessmen interest in Kolhan region comprising East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.
Bharat Vasani said that despite hurdles their team has been able to achieve success in the two year tenure.
“We managed to pressurize the state government with several rounds of meeting with chief minister for permanent abolishing of value added tax (VAT) from food grains and textile. We also managed to reduce bazaar samity tax from 2 percent to 1 percent and our agitation also resulted in availability of coins in city from Reserve Bank of India last year,” said an official of old committee.
The prominent resolutions passed at the AGM included scrapping of the licence renewal system as everywhere there is prevalence of electronic weight measures system and issue weight and measurement licence for one time with provision for inspection annually.
- Vijay Anand Moonka – Vice President (Public Relations)
- Bharat Vasani – Vice President (Trade & Commerce)
- Shrawan Kabra – General Secretary
- Satyanarayan Agarwal ‘Munna’ – Secretary Public Relations
- Nitish Dhoot – Secretary Trade & Commerce
- Dinesh Choudhary CA – Treasurer
- Prabhakar Singh General Secretary
- NandKishore Agarwal Vice President (Trade & Commerce)
- Kamal Kumar Naredi Vice President (Public Relations and welfare)
- Durga Prasad Mittal Secretary (Public Relations and Welfare)