Jammu Civil Society reiterates abolition of Toll Tax demand

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 29: Jammu Civil Society members reiterated that the Toll Tax must be abolished so that the public gets respite from high prices of essential commodities and construction material.
A meeting of the members of Jammu Civil Society was held which was attended by Sat Paul Sharma CA, CA Pardeep Gandotra, Vinod Sachdeva, Neeraj Anand, Rajesh Jain, Subash Gupta, Vijay Gupta, Rajan Gupta, Anil Kapahi, Dr GN Qasba, Kapil Sharma, Vishal Goel, Chetan Kohli, Harinder Mahajan, Ankur Gupta, RN Kohli, BL Gandotra, Mahesh Bagotra, Sahil Mahajan, Ch Balbir Singh and Pragya Gandotra.
A meeting of Civil Society was convened here, yesterday to crystalize the issues so that a final shape is given to the representation to be made to the Central Government.
Various important suggestions were received for revival of tourism, Industry, health, education, services sector and trade and the same were forwarded to Government for acceptance to boost trade and economy of the J&K.
It demanded abolition of Toll tax as it cannot co-exist with GST legally. Government may like to compensate the effected industries in the shape of matching incentives so that existing local industry does not suffer. Besides advisories issued by various countries regarding visit by their national’s to J&K should be got withdrawn, uninterrupted internet connectivity should be ensured so that IT / BPO sector can be brought to J&K and boost should be given to industrial sector by setting up of at least one mega manufacturing unit like metro / Rail Coach Factory or setting up of defense production units through private participation under make in India Initiative of Prime Minister of India.
In addition to this the meeting suggested fiscal incentives in the shape of Income Tax relief & GST exemption for five years should cover all sectors including service & trade sector in J&K UT, reduction of power tariff for Hotel Industry should be restored, registration charges for vehicles should be reduced so as to match with adjoining states like Himachal & Punjab , reducing coverage of PMS Scheme which is negatively impacting the education sector in J&K, Taxes and cess on Petroleum products should be at par with other Union Territories, development of new tourist destinations in Jammu province and tourism to be linked with Vaishno Devi & Amritsar, development of new hill stations at places like Bani & Pancheri, digitization of land records and introduction of e-stamp paper, introduction of Hindi or English language for revenue records in Jammu division, ownership rights for commercial land to outsiders & grant of permission for purchase of residential land after 10 years stay in J&K, policy for conversion of industrial land into freehold on payment of token premium to existing industrial units, mandatory purchase by Central Government Undertakings of locally manufactured goods and services, development of modern housing colonies, permission for change of land use through single window system and improvement in ease of doing business & framing of user friendly & system driven policies for better work culture in J&K UT.


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