Chandigarh: In order to place the traditional ‘Mehndi’ Industry of Haryana at par with neighbouring states, the Government today exempted sale of ‘Green Mehndi leaves and its powder’ from the levy of VAT.
A decision to this effect was taken by Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official release said.
At present, VAT at the rate of five per cent was being levied on traditional ‘Henna’ (Mehndi) in Haryana. No VAT is levied on the sale of traditional Mehndi in the neighbouring states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, it said.
Exemption from levy of VAT will enable the traditional Mehndi industry of the state to compete on level terms with the dealers of the neighbouring states. Faridabad district is the main centre of business of Mehndi in Haryana, it said.
This exemption will cost about Rs 50 lakh to the state exchequer. However, ‘Kali Mehndi’ as well as ‘Herbal Mehndi’ will continue to be taxed at the rate of 12.5 per cent in the state.
In another decision, the Haryana Cabinet also decided to nominate Urban Local Bodies Department as Nodal Department for the issues related to Urban Transport System.
It was observed that integration of land use and Urban Transport System is pre-requisite for efficient and sustainable urban planning and it can be possible only under the aegis of a single department dealing with both the Urban Transport and land use planning.
Haryana Cabinet also approved the proposal to give 50 acres of land of Government Livestock Farm, Hisar to the Municipal Corporation, Hisar to set up Gau Abhayaran (cow sanctuary) and cattle pond. The land would be given at a rate of Re one per acre per year for 33 years.
The Cabinet today also decided to cover the guest or temporary teachers working in the state run schools under its Policy for providing compassionate financial assistance to the family of the deceased persons working in Government Departments, Boards, Corporations, Public Undertakings under Haryana Government on ad-hoc, daily wage, contract basis including persons working on contract basis through service providing agency.
The Cabinet approved the proposal to amend the policy to give a financial assistance of Rs three lakh which would be given to family of deceased guest teacher appointed in government schools.
Haryana Cabinet also decided to amend Haryana State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1974 to include the offices of Government Chief Whip and Leader of Opposition in the Act–PTI
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