Lower 1-time road tax on Haryana vehicles
Levy on actual, not ex-showroom, price
Thousands of vehicle owners in Haryana are set to pay lower one-time road tax.
With the state government set to charge road tax on the actual price and not ex-showroom price (which includes taxes such as CGST, SGST and cess) of the vehicles, substantial financial relief is in store for the vehicle buyers.
“The matter has been considered and a proposal for charging motor vehicle tax on actual price of the vehicles, excluding tax, has been approved by the government and will be finalised soon,” an undertaking filed by the Office of the Transport Commissioner before Chander Prakash, State Information Commissioner (SIC), said.
Prakash had earlier issued a show-cause notice to the Transport Department on an application filed by Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Kanwar Yuvraj Singh. He had moved the SIC against the department’s failure to provide him information under the RTI Act.
The government decision to charge road tax on the actual price and not ex-showroom price would correct a major anomaly and provide relief to vehicle owners.
During his representations to the Transport Department, Kanwar had contended that under the predecessor Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924, and the current Haryana Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 2013, the road tax on motor vehicles could be charged on the actual cost of vehicles and not on the “ex-showroom” price.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate had asserted that in neighbouring Punjab and Chandigarh, the authorities were charging road tax on the actual price of vehicles.
Will the government's decision bring relief to the public?
Rewari gangrape accused destroyed proof: Villagers
After committing the crime, the accused in the Rewari gangrape case came back to the crime spot, a tubewell in Naya Gaon village, on the night of September 13 and destroyed evidence before escaping, said one of the villagers close to the victim’s family.
“The tubewell is located in the fields outside the village. Some people residing near the fields noticed unusual movement at the tubewell that night. Deendayal is the tube well owner and friend of Nishu, one of the three accused. Since he has a criminal bent of mind, no villager dares to speak openly against him,” said a villager on the condition of anonymity.
Victim’s uncle Ram Avtar maintained the accused were seen roaming in the village around midnight on September 13 and hatched a plot of escaping together at the tubewell.
“The accused destroyed evidence after the crime as they had sufficient time. The room at the tubewell was clean and bedsheet missing when we and other villagers visited the spot on September 14,” he said. He claimed that the accused went missing on September 14 when the incident hit the headlines.
Another villager close to the victim’s father said a registered medical practitioner (RMP) in the village first learnt about the crime and informed him when they met by chance near his shop in the village.
“Nishu had called the RMP to the spot by pretending that his friend was vomiting and needed immediate medical aid. The RMP was shocked to spot the victim lying unconscious in a room at the tubewell. He is an acquaintance of the victim’s father,” said the villager.
He later informed the victim’s father, employed in a private school at Kanina town in Mahendragarh. He maintained that the victim’s father immediately rushed to the village, but the accused had taken her to another place by then.
He said the accused had reportedly contacted another RMP in Bahala village nearby, who refused to treat her in view of her critical condition. Thereafter, the accused reportedly took her to Kanina and one of them called up her father to inform him about her critical condition, the villager added.
Nuh SP Nazneen Bhasin, chief of the SIT formed to investigate the case, denied having any information about the destruction of evidence.
Will the police punish the culprits of this case?
Honour killing? Cops stop girl’s cremation
A police team, accompanied by Fire Department officials, stopped the cremation of a Class XI girl at Bahalba village in Meham subdivision of the district following a complaint that she was killed for “honour”.
The mortal remains of the girl were sent to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here for the post-mortem examination. A case was been registered till the time of filing the news report, though Meham DSP Virender Singh said that an FIR was being lodged.
Police sources said that in the morning, the girl’s family went to the cremation ground for the last rites. In the meantime, someone informed the police that the girl’s death was a case of honour killing.
By the time the police reached the cremation ground, the body was half burnt. A minor scuffle broke out between villagers, and police and fire officials.
The girl’s parents told the police that she was not well since Saturday evening. They said her condition deteriorated in the night. They were taking her to the PGIMS, but she died on the way.
Girl’s body found in Sampla
The body of a six-year-old daughter of a labourer was found in a pit filled with water in Sampla on Sunday. The examination of the body indicated that she might have been raped before she was killed. A case was registered, while the body was sent for the postmortem.
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Explore alternatives to farming, Jat mahasabha tells community
The All India Jat Mahasabha has urged people of the Jat community to look for alternative occupations to their traditional occupation of farming to earn their livelihood.
The sabha, meanwhile, vowed to continue its struggle for reservation to Jats through political process.
The national spokesperson of the Mahasabha, Tara Chand Mor, said the meeting discussed the current socio-economic situation of the community at Jat Dharmashala today. “It’s evident that agriculture is no longer a remunerative occupation. The continuing losses due to rising input costs and comparatively less returns, coupled with unpredictable weather, have pushed people into a tight spot. We urge our people to opt for diverse occupations like business, trade or other jobs for improving their economic condition,” Mor said.
“As education is a thrust area, we will mobilise people to get a better and quality education to be fit for competition. Besides motivation and hard work, our youth have proven skills and are equally capable of carving a niche for themselves in education and sports,” he added.
Yudhvir Singh, national general secretary of the AIJM, stated that they had raised the issue of the inclusion of Jats in other backward category (OBC) and this struggle would continue until the demand is realised. “We don’t believe in violent ways to carry forward the struggle and would like to push the agenda through political process,” he said.
The newly appointed president of the Haryana unit of the Jat Mahasabha Rajender Sura, hailing from Hisar, said the Mahasabha would prepare a roadmap for the struggle for quota in the next three months. “Apart from the quota stir, the Mahasabha would carry out a campaign in the Jat community for a socio-economic awakening by diversifying our occupations,” he added.
The Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is the president of the AIJM.
Is the government giving chance to the youths?
Graduation courses to be more job-oriented
Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala, chairman, Haryana State Higher Education Council, stated that the practical aspects of earning a livelihood would be included in the curriculum for graduation in the next academic session.
He said the decision was taken during a state-level workshop, in which 28 experts in 25 subjects, including seven Vice-Chancellors (VCs), participated.
He said it had been decided to initiate steps to make college students competent enough in such a manner that they could acquire academic qualifications as well as professional values and ethics.
The council chairman said the primary objective of the workshop was to make teachers aware of the importance of earning a livelihood and inclusion of human values in curriculum.
The workshop was intended to motivate educationists to find out practical solutions for their respective subjects, he added.
Prof Wazir Nehra, workshop coordinator, said as per schedule one-month time has been given to subject experts to provide practical solutions for earning a livelihood.
Prof Rajendra Kumar Anayat, VC of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, stressed that to meet the needs of corporate sector, 25 per cent syllabus should be changed every three or four years.
Raj Nehru, VC of Haryana Vishwakarma Kaushal University, Gurugram, suggested starting a certification system at the end of every year of graduation for skill development of students.
Prof Dinesh Kumar, VC of YMCA University, Faridabad, Prof Rajbir Singh Solanki of Ch Ranbir Singh University, Prof Rajbir Singh of State University and Visual Arts, Rohtak, Prof RK Mittal of Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani, and Prof HL Verma of Jagan Nath University, Bahadurgarh, also shared their views.