Tax exemption for private Himachal bus affected by Covid, taxi operators: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Mandi, December 24
Bowing to pressure from private bus operators, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today announced the lifting of the symbolic tax, special road tax (SRT) and passenger tax, offering relief to the sector transport in the state affected by Covid.
Sector affected by Covid
- Private transport operators had requested exemption from the token tax, special road tax and passenger tax, saying they had been affected by the pandemic.
- The tax exemption for private buses and taxis from April of last year to November of this year will cost the Treasury 54.45 cr and 62 cr Rs, respectively.
- Earlier, private bus operators threatened to refuse services for the Prime Minister’s December 27 event in Mandi.
Private bus and taxi operators had called for relaxation, saying their business had been hit hard due to the pandemic. Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mandi on December 27, private bus operators threatened to refuse services to the Mandi celebration by the state government.
At a press conference here, the CM said the state government has decided to remove the token tax, SRT and passenger tax. “Private bus operators demanded it because their business had been hit hard by Covid. We have therefore decided to grant an exemption from April of last year to November of this year. It will cost the state government Rs 54.45 crore, ”he said.
Tax exemption for the same duration for taxi operators, who had also demanded the same, would cost the state government 36.67 crore rupees, the chief minister said, adding that the government of the The State had previously granted relief of 62 crore rupees to the Sector affected by the Covid.