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  1. Within the brief period of a year, since its incorporation, this Chamber had the unique privilege of the visits by the leading members of the Viceroys Executive Council and the members of the Central board of revenue, apart from those of the heads of Administration of this Province.
  2. The Chamber was invited in the month May 1933 to lead evidence before the Joint Select parliament committee on Indian Constitutional reforms in order to place before that committee the case of Indian Commerce and Industry of the United Provinces with particular reference to the inadequacy or otherwise of representation of Commercial Committee in Provincial Legislature as the allocation of only three seats in the Legislative assembly for commerce and Industry was considered wholly inadequate and unfair in the context of Importance of commerce and industry of UP. A plea for equal representation of European and India Interests in the UP Assembly was put forward. The delimitation committee while recognizing the claims of the Chamber for electoral privileges in connection with the reformed UP Assembly recommended the Constitution of Chamber as a constituency.(1937-1950)
  3. BY the year 1939 this Chamber had developed into such a mighty organization of the varied business interests in this state that even in the national economic stage this Chambers' participation was sought by both the government and the legislature of those days. In fact the Governors of UP made use of this Chamber as platform for the expression of Governments views on economic questions of those days year after year, in the absence of popular legislatures functioning in the Province.
  4. This Chamber's efforts in developing indigenous industries designed to prop up munitions production and war requirements were lauded on all hands by both the governments of those days and the opposition in Legislature.
  5. The Council of Chamber for the year 1953 submitted a two hundred page comprehensive memorandum containing general observation on the fundamental issues involved in the enquiry CONDUCTED BY THE Taxation Enquiry Commission. Later, a Central as hoc body consisting of representative of different commercial organization such as Chambers of commerce, Trade Association and Employers organizations functioning in the State was constituted with the Chamber's Secretariat as the Secretariat of this ad hoc body. This body SELECTED Sir Padampat Singhania as the Chairman, Leader and spokesman for UP and adopted the Chambers' Memorandum as fully representing the views of all sections of business and Industry in UP Oral evidence was led before the commission in the month of April 1954 on various aspects of Taxation. The evidence of the ad hoc body evoked considerable appreciation on commission and the Government of UP and some suggestions made by the Chamber were incorporated in the recommendation of the Commission.
  6. The Finance Minister, UP invited Chamber in 1953 to work up details including legislative measure for the establishment and operation of finance Corporation to aid small scale and cottage industries and to submit the same to him as soon as possible After a good deal of deliberation over the issue and after considering the problem in all aspects, tentative proposals were formulated by the Chamber regarding the formation, constitution and administration of the Corporation and the was forward to the Government of UP. The Government took decisive step during the year 1954 in respect of the establishment of the UP Financial Corporation.
  7. The Chambers Contribution in reshaping the UP Sales Tax Act was acknowledged by then Chief Minister of U.P. Pt Govind Ballabh Pant and the Chamber earned the appreciation of UP Government for this service. So far almost all representation made of this subject by the Chamber has evoked favourable response from UP Government.
  8. The Chamber led evidence before the Indian Company Law Reforms committee in the year 1951 and advocated the need for free and unfettered transfer of shares by a company to their rightful owners and the consequent registration of such transfers by the company concerned. Certain valuable suggestions for incorporation in the Indian Companies Act with a review to simplifying its administration and rendering its previous clear and workable were offered. Most of the suggestions made by the Chamber were found incorporated in the new companies Act which was passed by the parliament and is now in force.
  9. Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of this Chamber on November 29, 1957. It was an occasion to reaffirm that the Chamber had rendered useful service in the cause of industry and commerce of India of general and of Uttar Pradesh in particular.
  10. In the allotment of Coal Transport of coal for UP as a whole between 1950-60 the Chamber played a prominent role along side the State Government.
  11. The setting up of the Board of apprenticeship Training to impart practical Training Technically educated was done after the chambers' delegation led by Sir Padampat Singhania pleaded its necessity before the tast force on Technical education headed by Dr. Trigun Sen on 16.4.1965.
  12. Chamber undertook a special study of the working of VAT System in the EEC countries at considerable expense as long back as 1968.
  13. Dr. Sampurnanand, then Chief Minister of UP accorded to the chamber a unique privilege to address a meeting of MP's from UP which he had convened to sponsor industries to UP with central assistance both in public sector and the Private Sector.
  14. The chamber kept on representing to the government the under utilization of Natural resources for power generation and the suffering of Industry due to shortage of Power. His Excellency Dr. M Channa Reddy said during the inaugural session of 43rd Annual General Meeting on 23rd Sept.1975 that he saw no reason why these resources must not be used for the prosperity of State.
  15. The Chamber submitter its recommendations for abolition of Octroi, rationalisation of Taxes to Indirect Taxation Enquiry Committee led by Sri L.K.Jha on 30 July 1976 and Views were submitted to review the companies act and the MRTP Act 1969 for removal of anomalies to the Sachar committee set up by Government of India in 1977
  16. The Chamber's efforts in April 1981 to set up a body to take up the grievance of the Industries with the Government resulted in setting up of Udyog Bandhu.
  17. Late Smt. Indira Gandhi inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Chamber on May 1, 1983.
  18. President of India H.E Smt. Pratibha d. Patil inaugurated the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Merchants' chamber of UP on 24.9.08
  19. Sri Laxmi Narain Agarwal President MCUP was nominated on the State Vat Committee in 2009. His contribution to the cause of Trade & Industry is memorable.
  20. Dr. Manmohan Singh Hon'ble Prime Minister of India has visited MCUP as Chief Guest on the 125th birth Anniversary Celebrations of our Founder Lala Kamlapat Singhania, on 3rd July 2010.


Message from President

I am proud to be chosen to lead Merchants’ Chamber of Uttar Pradesh and it is with great honour that I accept the challenge of becoming the President of this great organization, one of the oldest Chambers in India started by Lala Kamlapat Singhania ji in the year 1932.

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20 March, 2018 at 05:30 PM: Merchants' Chamber of UP & Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) jointly with O/o Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, Kanpur are organizing Seminar on Foreign Trade Policy under Niryat Bandhu & International Trade.

10 March, 2018 at 06:00 PM: Merchants' Chamber of Uttar Pradesh and Neem Tree Morning Walkers are jointly commemorating Holi wishes ceremony.

31 January, 2018 at 12:30 PM: Merchants Chamber of Uttar Pradesh, U.P. GST Department, Kanpur Income Tax Bar Association, Tax Bar Association and Sales Tax Bar Association are jointly organizing interactive session with the U.P. GST Department.

25 January, 2018 at 11:30 AM: Merchants' Chamber of Uttar Pradesh is felicitating Sri Yadupati Singhanhia, Chief Patron, M.C.U.P., for being awarded the best CEO in Cement Sector by Business Today.

21 January, 2018 at 05:00 PM: Merchants' Chamber of Uttar Pradesh, The Young Achievers Group (TYAG) and Rotary Club of Kanpur Metro are organizing an interactive and motivational session on Life Style Management, "Design Your Year -Celebrate Life."

19 January, 2018 at 3 PM: Merchants' Chamber and Federation of Indian Export Organization are jointly organizing an interactive session with C.B.E.C. Commissioner Customs Preventive Lucknow shall address the stake holders importers/exporters on change in Jurisdiction of ICD and other measure being taken up by Government.

1 January, 2018 at 11:30 AM: Merchants' Chamber of Uttar Pradesh is organizing an inauguration-session of Dr. Gaur Hari Singhania Conference Hall on New year's Day, 1st January, 2018. Sri Y.P. Singhania has consented to join the session and inaugurate the beautifully constructed Hall.

27 December, 2017: Merchants' Chamber of Uttar Pradesh is organizing a webinar on "Refund functionalities available at GST portal." Ms Kalyaneshwari Patil, AVP (Service), GST shall address the webinar.


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