JAMMU, Oct 3: A delegation of Chamber of Traders Federation, led by its president, Neeraj Anand called on Dy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh at his residence late last evening and handed over a memorandum of specific demands related to withdrawal of toll tax post GST era and declaration of holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary.
In a memorandum, the Federation claimed that similar representation was given to visiting Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh recently. It was pleaded that J&K state has shown very little respect in obliging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his widely acclaimed announcement of “One Nation One Tax”. Continuation of Toll Tax on goods is a case in point where this tax is a legacy of the old tax regime and still being retained, thus affecting both the traders and the consumers. Therefore, Federation appeals to the Govt to withdraw Toll Tax on goods at the earliest.
It has also demanded that Federation’s request may also be forwarded to the GST Council that keeping in view the poor portal connectively, erratic internet connectivity, unscheduled power cuts, poor infrastructure, non affordability of computers & various other problems, the submission of GST return should be made on quarterly basis especially for small and medium traders and tax may be taken on monthly basis by the submission of Form 3B. It was further pleaded that on Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh ( Sept 23), state holiday be announced. The Federation also demanded deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu areas.
The DyCM gave patient hearing and assured to take up their issued with the Chief Minister and other concerned authorities.
Prominent among those accompanying the delegation were – Attar Singh, Chander Gulati, Kailash Nath Nagar, Vinod Mahajan, Dinesh Gupta, Balwinder Singh, Raman Gupta, Yashpal Abrol, Raghubir Gupta, Shiv Kumar Gupta and Parag Abrol.