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VAT confusion over;traders thank Govt

WITH THE end of confusion over imposition of value-added tax (VAT) on excise commodity ? sugar ? the Bhopal Kirana Vyapari Mahasangh has hailed the decision of the State Government for keeping the item out of VAT?s purview.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 14:59 IST

WITH THE end of confusion over imposition of value-added tax (VAT) on excise commodity – sugar – the Bhopal Kirana Vyapari Mahasangh has hailed the decision of the State Government for keeping the item out of VAT’s purview.

In a press conference held here today, Bhopal Kirana Vyapari Mahasangh convener Motiram Wadhwani said there had been a confusion on whether sugar would be in VAT’s purview or not, but after a series of discussions with the Chief Minister and the ministers for Finance and Commercial Taxes the matter has been sorted out.

“We’re grateful to the media, especially Hindustan Times, for taking up the issue and help us to solve it,” he added. Association spokesman Anupam Agarwal said, if the issue had not been solved, the traders would have been compelled to go on indefinite strike from today. “We’re especially grateful to Finance Minister Raghavji who has clearly said that sugar won’t be taxed in 2006-07,” stated president Kundandas Bhurani.

He said the association has urged the government to provide relevant information and basic training on VAT. In MP, there is 11 lakh ton of sugar consumption per annum, and is a rich source of revenue for the government. A delegation of traders along with BJP leader Alok Sharma met the CM today and expressed their gratitude.

Helpline facility
THE COMMERCIAL Tax Department has introduced ‘helpline facilities at divisional-level to disseminate relevant information on VAT to traders and industrialists. The facility would be available from 8 am to 8 pm. By calling a given number, a trader could clarify queries and if it is not solved, the department would call the trader next day on his number and provide solution. The division wise helpline numbers are:

Indore 0731- 2270449, 2532560, 2703656. Khandwa 0733 –2226041, Ujjain 0734-2513079, Bhopal I 0755-2421305,  2421383, Bhopal II 0755-2461600,  Gwalior 0751-2340253, Jabalpur 0761-2627959, Sagar 07582-237611,       , Chhindwara 07162-222194 and Satna 07672- 223248.