JAMMU, Dec 31: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has welcomed the decision of the Government to abolish Toll Tax in the J&K UT.
Addressig a press conference here today, Rakesh Gupta, JCCI president extended gratitude to the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Lt Governor J&K, G C Murmu for agreeing to the long pending demand of Jammu Chamber and getting the notification issued wherein, the Lakhanpur Toll Post shall cease to exist with effect from January 1, 2020.
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The JCCI president further said that the Lakhanpur Excise Toll levy was not less than a ‘Jazia’ since 1995 that continued even after the implementation of GST. He further said that it will be a big sigh of relief to the common consumer from whose pockets this tax was being pick pocketed.
He also said that uninterrupted movement of goods shall result in less logistics cost and save time too. He also appealed to the Government to issue subsequent notification removing the toll posts across the J&K UT, so that “One Nation One Tax” regime is implemented in J&K.
JCCI president further said that this major demand has been met with and other major demands shall again be represented to the Lt Governor J&K that include restoration of Internet Connectivity, review one time road tax increased irrationally up to 1250%, assess the running losses by the business establishments post August 5, 2019, review Excise Policy on Liquor, announcing one time amnesty on old GST and VAT period and simplifying the building norms.
Among others present on the occasion included, Rajesh Gupta, senior vice president JCCI, Rajeev Gupta, junior vice president JCCI, Manish Gupta, secretary general, Yash Pal Gupta, president, Federation of Retailers Association, Surinder Gupta, president Raghunath Bazar Businessmen Association, Anoop Mittal, president Kanak Mandi Traders Association, Surinder Mahajan, Chairman Purani Mandi Traders Association, Joginder Gupta, general secretary Old Hospital Road Traders Association, Ramesh Tak, president Bus Stand Businessmen Association and others.
Meanwhile, Chamber of Traders Federation while terming the abolition of Toll Tax on goods as an apt New Year gift to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the UT Administration, said tnhat it was a step in right direction. Neeraj Anand, CTF president while extending gratitude to the Govt termed this as historic decision. He said it would minimise burden on common man.
Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra has also welcomed the decision of the Govt and said it was against the police of the Govt with regard to ‘One Nation One Tax’.
Meanwhile, Traders Feder-ation Ware House has also hailed decision of Govt to abolish Toll Tax in J&K.