The Haryana Cabinet today exemptedall kinds of pulses from VAT and also reduced the VAT on 'Khal' (oilcake) from 5 per cent to 2 per cent, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here.
With the exemption of VAT on all kinds of pulses, the government will lose more than Rs 3 crore of VAT revenue, he told reporters here after chairing a Cabinet meeting.
The reduction of VAT on 'Khal', which is used as cattle feed, will encourage its makers to conduct more inter-state sales instead of consignment sales or branch transfers and overall increase in trading activity of Khal in the state, he said.
The Cabinet also approved amendment in the Punjab Passenger and Goods Taxation Rules, 1952 regarding New Stage Carriage Scheme, he said.
As per the amendment, "Owner of a bus holding a stage carriage permit shall, in lieu of passenger tax, pay a lump sum amount at the rate of Rs 200 per seat per month.
"Provided that on rural routes (that is routes lying more than 50 per cent on village roads) and urban routes (routes lying more than 80 per cent within the municipal limits of cities or towns), the lump sum tax shall be at the rate of Rs 100 per seat per month."
Meanwhile, the Haryana government has doubled the monthly allowance of 'Ladli Social Security Allowance Scheme' and monthly allowance admissible to dwarfs and eunuchs from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, he said.
The government has also enhanced the income limit under Widow Pension scheme and financial assistance to destitute children scheme, he added.
He said the enhancement in these allowances would be applicable with effect from April 1, 2014.
Under the 'Ladli Social Security Allowance Scheme', now the rate of allowance has been enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per month.
At present 25,963 beneficiaries are getting these benefits under this scheme, he said.
This Scheme is being implemented in the state from January 1, 2006 for the families having only daughters and do not have any sons.
"This benefit starts from 45th birthday of the parents that is on the day either of the parents turns 45 years of age and is admissible for 15 years at the rate of Rs 750 per month.
"Thereafter, the parents can get Old Age Samman Allowance if they are otherwise eligible. At present, financial assistance under the Scheme is given to the older of the parent, that is whosoever turns 45 years of age first," Hooda said.
Allowance is given under the 'Ladli' Scheme to the mother (if living) for a period of 15 years from the date the older of the two parents complete 45 years of age, he said.
In case the mother is not living, the benefit is given to the surviving father, he added.
Under the Allowance to Dwarf Scheme, now the dwarfs would
get monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 instead of Rs 500 given earlier, he said.
Dwarfs who are living in various cities of Haryana are being given allowance as per eligibility criteria. A male person of 3 feet 8 inches or less height and a female with 3 ft 3" or less height (equivalent to 70 per cent disabled) are entitled to get this monthly allowance.The scheme was implemented with effect from June 1, 2006.
There is a budget provision of Rs 2 lakh for the current financial year 2014-15 for this scheme. At present, 18 beneficiaries are getting these benefits under this scheme, he said.
Under the 'Allowance to Eunuchs Scheme', now the eunuchs would not get an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month instead of Rs 500 per month given earlier, he said.
Eunuchs who are living in various cities of Haryana of age
of 18 years and above having certificate from the Civil Surgeon in support of being an Eunuch is being given allowance as per eligibility criteria. The scheme was implemented with effect from June 1, 2006.
There is a Budget provision of Rs 1.25 lakh for this fiscal for this scheme. At present 14 beneficiaries are getting these benefits under this scheme.
Under the Haryana Pension to Widows and Destitute Women Scheme (Widow Pension) scheme, now the Cabinet has revised the income limit from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum, he said.
There is a Budget provision of Rs 734.70 crore for 2014-2015 for this scheme. At present 5,79,469 beneficiaries are getting benefit under this scheme.
The Haryana Pension to Widows and Destitute Women Scheme was introduced in the year 1979-80. The aim of the scheme is to provide social security to women who are unable to sustain themselves from their own resources.
The pension, which was Rs 50 per month at the beginning of the scheme, was enhanced from time to time and finally to Rs 1,000 per month from January 1, 2014, he said.
Widows and women, above 18 years of age, domicile of Haryana, having no means of livelihood and who are deprived of support or care by their husband due to continuous absence from home or desertion by husband or due to physical or mental incapacity of the husband are benefited under this scheme.
Under the Financial Assistance to Destitute Children Scheme, now the Cabinet has increased the income criteria from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum.
There is a Budget provision of Rs 95 crore for the current fiscal for this scheme. At present 1,53,854 beneficiaries are getting benefits under this scheme, he said.
This is a state scheme under which parent or guardians of the children up to the age of 21 years who are deprived of proper care because of death or long imprisonment of their parents, long illness or mental retardation, are paid Rs 500 per month per child from January 1, 2014 subject to maximum for two children of one family as per eligibility criteria laid down in the scheme.