Administrative Council: Jammu and Kashmir: Administrative Council Approves 50% Passenger Tax Exemption and Transfer of Land for Public Use | Jammu News

JAMMU: In a significant move, the Board of Directors (BoD), which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the waiver/exemption of fifty percent (50%) of the tax on passengers applicable to various vehicles from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Apart from this, it also approved the transfer of land for various public purposes.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.
The decision – the passenger tax exemption – will respond to real demand from commercial transport operators who have suffered losses due to the national Covid-19 induced lockdown and restrictions leading to non-operationalization of public transport .
For owners of commercial vehicles, who have already filed the passenger tax for the above-mentioned period in full, the excess amount paid by them will be adjusted against the debt accrued or payable in the following financial year, c i.e. for the period from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
In addition, the recovery of unpaid passenger tax from commercial vehicle owners for fiscal year 2018-19 to 2021-22 will be made in four equal installments on a quarterly basis beginning April 1, 2022.
Meanwhile, the board today also approved the Revenue Department’s proposal to transfer various plots of land for public purposes.
The board has approved the transfer of land measuring 06 kanal to jal shakti department for construction of above ground reservoir (OHT)/rapid sand filtration plant (RSFP)/ a WSS Barzulla Colony cum pump operator ward and the establishment of the PHE division office, Pulwama.
It further approved the transfer of land measuring 80 kanal located in Rakh-I-Asham village, Sumbal (30 kanal), Hajin (20 kanal) and Bandipora (30 kanal) in Bandipora district to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (H&UDD) to establish landfill sites for solid waste management.

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