The Haryana assembly on Wednesday passed Haryana Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, before the House was adjourned sine die on the third day after meeting for a short duration of 15 minutes.
Speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar adjourned the House after it conducted business listed in today's schedule that included passage of the bill.
The bill points out that old tax arrears including interest and penalty amounting to Rs 5,560.43 crore are outstanding in the state as on June 30, 2014 under the Haryana Value Added Tax, 2003 and Central Sales Tax Act, 1956.
In order to facilitate recovery of old arrears of taxes and to provide relief to all types of dealers from payment of penalties and interest, an amnesty scheme is proposed to be brought by the Excise and Taxation Department, it says.
The bill was introduced in the House by new finance minister Capt Abhimanyu.
The first session of the newly elected 13th Haryana assembly had commenced here on Monday with pro tem Speaker administering oath to the legislators.
Earlier last month, forty-eight years after the formation of Haryana in 1966, the state got its first BJP-led government headed by first time MLA Manohar Lal Khattar who was sworn in by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki with nine member Council of Ministers.