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Haryana tops in GST collection, says FM; Is it good news?

The tax base has widened by 82.22 per cent

Chandigarh :
Haryana has topped the states in per capita revenue collection under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, become the 4th highest generator of e-way bills in the country, widened the tax base by 82.22 per cent, and logged 19 per cent hike in revenue collections.

Besides, the compliance percentage of assesses in the state is 5 per cent to 7 per cent higher than the national average, and revenue collection under commercial taxes has registered a double-digit growth.

Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu stated this while addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, on the achievements of the present government during the last three and a half years. 

He said that one of the most important achievements of the government post-GST implementation had been widening of the tax base by 82.22 per cent. While the number of tax assesses under VAT, central excise and service tax in Haryana was 2.25 lakh before the introduction of the GST, their number today is about 4.10 lakh.
“The introduction of One Nation One Tax (GST) in Haryana has been very smooth. Though we are a relatively small state and are placed 21st in size in the country, we have the fifth highest gross GST collection. The per capita revenue collection of Haryana at Rs 1,876 crore under the GST is the highest in the country,” he said. 
About 1.12 crore e-way bills were generated in Haryana between April 1 and June 30 this year, making the state the fourth highest generator of e-way bills in the country. Officers of the Excise and Taxation Department conducted physical checking of 1.10 lakh e-way bills, detected 3,358 cases of irregularities, and collected Rs. 21.37 crore as penalty in April and May.

Capt Abhimanyu said that all six promises made in the election manifesto of the party relating to excise and taxation had been fulfilled. The constitution of Vyapar Kalyan Board, reduction in VAT on gypsum and chemical fertilisers by 5 per cent up to zero, exemption of small dhabas from tax, providing C-Form online and implementation of a comprehensive taxation scheme were among the decisions taken.

He said that Haryana, ranked 14th in ease of doing business, has climbed up to the third position due to the implementation of the Haryana Enterprises Promotion Policy- 2015.

Tax on agricultural equipment 

About AICC media in charge Randeep Surjewala’s allegation that it is for the first time that agricultural implements are being taxed, the Finance Minister said that the GST council had unanimously passed all taxes at its meetings. “Congress leaders, who attend the council meetings, should raise their voice there instead of misleading people outside,” he added.

On Surjewala’s challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a debate on hike in the minimum support price (MSP), he said the Congress leader should instead share his knowledge in the Vidhan Sabha and participate in debates in the House.

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Ambulance used to smuggle liquor, 2 held; Are the liquor smugglers adopting new tactics for smuggling?

Karnal :
Bootleggers keep adopting new modus operandi as the police tighten the noose around them. This was seen on Wednesday when the Kunjpura police intercepted an ambulance and seized 84 bottles of liquor near Gheer village.

The police have arrested two persons — Vakil, a resident of Kunda Kalan, and Manoj, a resident of Gheer village. 

A case has been registered under the various Sections of the Excise Act, said Surinder Singh Bhoria, Superintendent of Police (SP).

On a tip-off, Kunjpura SHO Janak Raj erected a naka near Gheer village and signalled to an ambulance to stop. 

When the police searched the ambulance, they found 84 bottles of local liquor, the SP said. The police have started an investigation to ascertain the source of the liquor, he added.

He said that the police have started a special drive against the smuggling of liquor and drinking at public places. As many as 250 persons had been arrested in the past few days for drinking at public place. 

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Lotus loses lustre year before polls; Will the troubles of the BJP increase in the coming days?

Only 22 of 47 MLAs show up for meeting called by CM, 10 more come after being asked to

Chandigarh :
All does not seem well with the BJP in Haryana if developments in the state unit are any indication with very few MLAs showing up for a meeting called by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, a BJP women’s cell president being given an unceremonious exit and the CM forced to broker peace between two warring leaders.

Sources said that at a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party called by the CM at his residence had only one minister and 20 legislators showing up. Disappointed by the number, the staff at the CM’s residence made frantic calls to ministers, asking them to reach the meeting if they were in town.

The sources said that of the 47 BJP MLAs, only 22 reached the venue for the meeting and another 10 came after they were asked to join in. Those who attended the meeting complained bitterly of power problems as also of shortage of water in their respective areas.

The sources said that while this indicated that the Chief Minister was not getting the expected support within his own party, leaders of the “disciplined party” were beginning to express their displeasure by staying away from the meetings.
In another development, the party replaced the district women’s cell president of Faridabad, Anira Sharma, without bothering to even inform her. The sources attributed this to factionalism in Faridabad among its top leaders. Industries Minister Vipul Goel, MLA Seema Trikha and Union Minister of State Krishan Pal Gurjar come from this district.

“The party usually informs the leader who is being removed from any post. In my case, I had enrolled 25,000 women in my tenure as district president of the women’s cell, but only discovered that I had been replaced by somebody from a letter circulating on the Internet. Not a word was said, no reason for my removal given,” Sharma said.

In another development, the CM personally held a meeting to settle issues between Gurjar and suspended BSP MLA Tek Chand Sharma, who had been supporting the BJP from the very beginning. The two leaders had begun to go public with their resentment for each other and criticise each other at public programmes.

Under the truce worked out, it had been agreed that they would not wash their dirty linen in public and exercise restraint in criticising each other. The sources said that these developments did not augur well for the party in the year before elections. “This indicates that legislators and leaders are becoming restless. The party leadership will have to step in to curb this blame game in public,” said a party leader.

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Saini, Jat body put admn on toes; Are Saini raising Ethnic conflicts in Haryana?

Rivals to hold public events at Ballah in Karnal on Sunday

Karnal :
With a group of residents of Ballah threatening not to allow Raj Kumar Saini, rebel BJP MP from Kurukshetra, to address a public meeting in the village on July 15, the Karnal administration is on toes.

The residents said the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) would hold a “bhaichara” rally in the village the same day and the arrival of Saini might lead to a tense situation.

Saini and his supporters made it clear that they would go ahead with their prior schedule and hold a public meeting in the village. DSPs Rajiv Kumar and Virander Saini and the Assandh SDM tried to defuse the situation on Tuesday.
After the announcements by both sides, DC Aditya Dahiya and SP Surinder Singh Bhoria on Wednesday held separate meetings with both groups and made it clear that nobody would be allowed to break the law.

Bhoria said they held meeting with both groups and asked them not to take the law into their hands. A meeting would be held on Thursday to sort out the issue, he said.
Sarpanch Dilavar Mann said he and other residents approached the DC and SP for stopping the arrival of the MP. “With his arrival, the situation can be tense. I request the administration not to allow him to come to the village,” he said.

Nafe Singh, district ABJASS president, said the state body announced on June 7 that it would hold a “bhaichara” rally on July 15. “Some of Saini’s supporters want to spoil brotherhood in the village and are adamant on his arrival. We have requested the administration to take steps to avoid violence,” he said.

The MP said his supporters had fixed this programme around 20 days back and he would go to Ballah village as per schedule. “I will visit Munak and Golli villages the same day,” he said. Without naming any community, he said people had been creating hurdles in his programmes.

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No differences with Tanwar: Hooda; Whether Hooda's statement will end Congress's factionalism?

Rohtak :
A day after state Congress president Ashok Tanwar stated that he was ready to sink the differences with former Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the latter has maintained that he had no differences with anybody.
Addressing a news conference here, Hooda said the Congress was ready for elections, whenever these were conducted. He reaffirmed that there was no factionalism in the party and they would put up a concerted fight against the ruling BJP.

Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Hooda challenged him to list his government’s achievements ever since its installation. He stated that the BJP regime had not been able to initiate even a single major project in the state.

The former Chief Minister reiterated that it was his party’s government that brought the metro rail network to the state and established five thermal power plants during its tenure.

He accused the BJP government of claiming “bogus” credit for implementing the Swaminathan Commission report, while the actual provisions of the report had not been adopted by the government.

Castigating the INLD on ‘jail-bharo’ drive over construction of the SYL canal, he termed it as a gimmick.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Batra, Kalanaur MLA Shakuntala Khatak, former Rohtak MLA Bharat Bharat Bhushan Batra and former Rohtak Mayor Renu Dabla were also present.

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