Govt tables Bill for 4 to 7% entry tax
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government today tabled the ‘HP Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Bill 2010’ in the state assembly, proposing levying of four, five and seven per cent tax on goods being brought from outside state.
Tabling the Bill in the state Assembly today, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the government proposes seven per cent tax on diesel, furnace oil and lubricants, five per cent on explosives, cement, goods used for contracts, including hydro and thermal power projects, transmission and distributions projects, telecommunications and all other turnkey projects being executive by private as well as government departments and four per cent on iron, steel, pan masala and gutka containing Tobago, cigars, cheroots, cigarettes including un-manufactured tobacco and tobacco, tobacco refuse and other manufactured tobacco products including bidies and gudka. However, the Bill exempts agriculture, horticulture implements manually operated and animal driven, agriculture produces, aids and implements for handicapped persons, animal feeds, etc., articles made of bamboo-wood used for agriculture, baan, bangles of all types, bread, charcoal, chemical fertilizers, coarse grains, condoms and contraceptives, cotton yarn in hank and silk, curd and milk products, earthen wares (unglazed), electric energy, fishnet, fish fabrics and fish seeds, etc from its purview.
Citing the objects and reasons for bring this legislation in the house, Dhumal said that it was essential to provided resources for the state as due to non-availability of alternative modes of transport for mass use, roads, bridges and allied infrastructure constitutes lifeline in the hilly terrain of HP.