Haryana Govt reduces VAT rate on CNG and PNG

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 `30.80 per litre, while PNG costs `16.80 per litre. Following the 7.5 percent reduction in the rate of VAT, CNG will cost `28.65 per litre and PNG will cost `15.63 per litre in the state Excise and Taxation Department Special Secretary Anurag Rastogi told PTI.

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 `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 `225 for a daily pass and `4,500 For a monthly pass will be charged from buses and mini-buses with stage carriage permits.

However, defense 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 `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 retrospectiveEffect.

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

Source: The Political and Business Daily, Delhi, Wednesday
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