Haryana govt reduces VAT rate on CNG and PNG
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:05
  
Chandigarh: The Haryana government today reduced the rate of VAT on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent, making these fuels cheaper in the NCR regions of Gurgaon and Faridabad.

A decision to this effect was taken by the State Cabinet, which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

At present, the retail price of CNG in Haryana is Rs 30.80 per litre, while PNG costs Rs 16.80 per litre. Following the 7.5 per cent reduction in the rate of VAT, CNG will cost Rs 28.65 per litre and PNG will cost Rs 15.63 per litre in the state, Excise and Taxation Department Special Secretary Anurag Rastogi said.

The state government has also decided to impose a toll tax on four roads -- Samalkha-Hathwala Road, Murthal-Nandnaur -Basodi-Palri Road, GT road to Bega and Ferozepur-Zhirka-Biwan road up to the Rajasthan border -- Hooda told reporters shortly after the Cabinet meeting.

On these four roads, a toll tax of Rs 150 per trip, including the return journey, will be charged from trucks (laden with goods or unladen), canters and multi-axled vehicles or bulldozers and earth movers, etc., while Rs 225 for a daily pass and Rs 4,500 for a monthly pass will be charged from buses and mini-buses with stage carriage permits.

However, defence vehicles, non-commercial vehicles of all state governments and the central government, police vehicles and ambulances will be exempt from the tax.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to the proposal of the Excise and Taxation Department for amending the Punjab Passengers and Goods Taxation Rules, 1952, to facilitate the implementation of a new composite fee regime for national permits.

Under the scheme for a single national permit fee, a consolidated composite fee of Rs 15,000 per truck per annum is to be deposited in the national permit account to operate throughout India.

The consolidated fee deposited in the national permit account shall be distributed by the central government among the states and Union Territories on a pro-rata basis.

Last year, the government of Haryana had decided to defer input tax credit on closing stock till the time of actual sales. Considering repeated requests from trade associations, the State Cabinet has decided to withdraw this provision with retrospective effect.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government has also decided to grant exemption to clubs from payment of entertainment duty on admission or other sports fee charged from sportspersons with immediate effect.

At present, an entertainment duty at a rate of 25 per cent is levied on clubs in Haryana under the Punjab Entertainment Duty Act, 1955.

This exemption would be available only for charges being paid by sports persons themselves and not for others who are being admitted to clubs for any purpose other than playing themselves.

The Cabinet further decided to grant Group-A status to government college lecturers in the state, in line with the proposal of the School Education Department regarding amendment of the Haryana Primary Education (Group C)-District Cadre Service Rules, 1994.

The University Grant Commission has placed the post of college lecturers in Central Universities in Group-A. The governments of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have also granted Group-A status to their college lecturers.

Taking cognizance of this development in neighbouring states, the Chief Minister had announced the grant of Group A status to college lecturers in Haryana. The decision of the Cabinet is expected to benefit about 17,000 lecturers in the state and comes into force with immediate effect.

The Cabinet also approved the Haryana State Disaster Management Rules, 2010. These rules have been framed for the functioning of the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority and District Disaster Management Authority.

Under these rules, a Secretariat to the State Authority under the administrative control of the state government, a state executive committee and a sub-committee of the state executive committee will be established to handle disaster situations.

A State Disaster Response Fund and State Disaster Mitigation Fund will also be established, an official spokesman said.

The Cabinet also decided to amend the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, to enable the merger of more than one municipality to form a corporation.

Meanwhile, Hooda informed that the next session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be convened on September 3 and will continue up to September 7.

The Haryana Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to probe into the circumstances leading to the incident which occurred at village Mirchpur in district Hisar on April 21, in which a houses of Dalits were torched by the miscreants and an aged man and his physically challenged girl were burnt alive inside their houses.

The state government had earlier constituted a Judicial Inquiry Commission headed by a retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Justice Iqbal Singh, to inquire into the entire incident.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:05


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