Standing Up to the Challenges

 

Dear friends,


I express my sincere thanks & gratitude to FADA Council and Past Presidents for reposing their faith in me by electing me as President of this august body.


Occupying this coveted office puts an onerous responsibility on me to live up to the high expectations of members of automobile dealer fraternity spread across the country. As FADA has grown in size and stature over the years, the expectations of its constituents have also been growing. The task becomes all the more difficult for me in the context of phenomenal work done and high standards set by my predecessors. However, with the support and cooperation of you all, I shall try my best to prove equal to the task.


Though we shall be discussing within Council as to what our priorities and agenda should be during the next year, I would like to share with you, few initial thoughts of mine through this medium to elicit your inputs and suggestions.


There is a perception, right or wrong, amongst two-wheeler and CV dealers that FADA does not pay much attention to the issues specific to two-wheeler and CV dealers. While I, personally, do not subscribe to this perception, we are going to create two verticals within FADA for two-wheeler and CV dealers. To start with, we propose to organise a two-wheeler conference focussing exclusively on specific issues facing two-wheeler dealers. Pending our own two-wheeler conference, FADA has joined hands with Autocar Professional, as Association Partner, for their two-wheeler conclave scheduled for 16th November 2016 at Hotel Hyat Regency in New Delhi. I appeal to my fellow dealers to attend.


Another matter high on my agenda is to strengthen associations of automobile dealers at the city, state and regional levels. In view of the vast geographical spread of the country, it is virtually impossible for the FADA’s office bearers to visit each and every place for interaction with members. These associations can act as bridge between FADA and members in various parts of India. Being the pulse of automobile retail trade, FADA would welcome the issues and suggestions thereon from the local associations for being taken up at the appropriate level. FADA can also help these local/regional associations with the policies & practices obtaining in other States, as also with the case laws on various matters.


As you are aware, FADA has retained a service tax consultant to clarify, guide and educate its members on various issues related to service tax. We also propose to engage legal experts in other fields to help members deal with litigation and complex legal issues that arise from time to time.


There are host of issues between OEMs and dealers inter se. We wish to step up our interaction with SIAM and would like to meet OEMs individually to sensitise them on issues of concern to automobile dealers so that the remedial action could be initiated for sustainable growth of automotive business, as a whole.


GST is the biggest tax reform the country has undertaken since its independence. The expert view, by and large, is that the introduction of GST will be beneficial to the automotive sector, including auto retail business. However, the plain reading of the GST law gives rise to few concerns and apprehensions that need to be addressed and clarified. To prepare our fellow dealers for the GST, we are in dialogue with GST experts. If need be, we shall be taking up the issues arising out of GST with the Government.


Look forward to your views and suggestions.


Wishing You Happy & Prosperous Festive Season,


Yours sincerely,


John K Paul

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