New Delhi, 24 July:  The Delhi chief minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today constituted a 37-member Delhi Trade Board in a bid to enhance revenue collection and ensure its proper utilisation for overall development of the Capital.   The board will comprise 10 official members and 27 representatives of various trade and commerce organisations.  "In the fields of trade and small industries, the board will apprise the government on problems and issues connected with the trade and suggest short and long-term plan for increasing trade and commerce and measures for increasing tax collection," said Mrs Dikshit, who is in charge of the finance department.
She said the board will consider specific measures to help in plugging leakage of revenue, synergise working of different authorities as far as trade & commerce are concerned and  assess problems relating to Delhi Master Plan and municipal issues that are preventing trade and commerce from flourishing in Delhi.  
"We have been keen to make Delhi Trade Board a comprehensive body so that it could concentrate on developing a constructive approach among traders. Commissioner (VAT) would function as Member Secretary of Delhi Trade Board," said Mrs Dikshit.  In order to make Delhi Trade Board result-oriented, decentralisation is necessary, she said.                                                                                    sns