To control rising levels of air and vehicular pollution, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly cleared the decks for imposition of green tax on vehicles by passing the Madhya Pradesh Motor Vehicle Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by a voice vote on last day of winter session on Friday.
Under non-transport vehicle category, green tax worth Rs 500 will be levied on two-wheelers and Rs 1,000 on other vehicles at the time of renewal of registration. On the other hand, in case of transport vehicles, green tax worth Rs 500 will be imposed on two-wheelers, light and medium motor vehicles and Rs 1,000 on heavy vehicles at the time of obtaining fitness certificate on expiry of eight years after manufacture.
State’s transport minister Bhupendra Singh said: “Green tax hasn’t been imposed to earn tax revenue, but instead to combat vehicular pollution, which is 70% of all kinds of pollution. The tax is being imposed following directions by the Supreme Court to state governments to combat pollution and preserve environment.”
“The new tax will render Rs 15 crore revenue annually that will utilised to start advance pollution control and certification centers.”
He said steps will be initiated to ban commercial vehicles which were more than 15 years old. The government has also sent a proposal to the Centre to grant permits school vans.
Green tax has been introduced by Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka.
Acting Leader of Opposition Bala Bachchan, however, said the new tax would increase revenue, but only by adding to the burden of commoners.
Four other amendment bills passed
The assembly also passed the MP Ayurvedic, Unani and Prakritik Chikitsa Vyavsayi (Sanshodhan) Bill, 2016. State’s public health and family welfare minister Rustam Singh said the bill focused on rendering availability of doctors from field of alternative medicine as modern medicine practitioners.
The paucity of MBBS doctors could be filled in by training practitioners of Ayurveda and Unani forms medicine in modern medicine.
The assembly also passed the Madhya Pradesh Ayurvigyan Parishad (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Madhya Pradesh Upkar (Second Amendment) Bill and Madhya Pradesh Private Universities (Sthapana Avam Sanchalan) Third Amendment Act, 2016.