Govt to urge Centre to reduce tax for SUP options: Delhi minister
- Gopal Rai was speaking after holding a round-table conference at Thyagaraj Stadium on Sunday to discuss the feasibility and cost of alternatives to single-use plastic (SUP) items.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday that the Delhi government will write to Centre, requesting reduction in GST rates on raw material used for manufacturing alternatives to single-use plastic (SUP) items that have been banned since July 1.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” the minister said.
Rai was speaking after holding a round-table conference at Thyagaraj Stadium on Sunday to discuss the feasibility and cost of alternatives to single-use plastic (SUP) items.
The conference was attended by members of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the revenue department, market associations, industrial associations, start-ups and self-help groups.
The Delhi government is holding a three-day Plastic Vikalp Mela at Thyagraj to find alternatives to 19 banned SUP items across the Capital. These include plastic cutlery, glasses, plates, candy and ice cream sticks, polythene carry bags, and plastic films and wrappers.
Jigish Doshi, president, Plastindia Foundation, said, “Business units manufacturing standalone products which fall under the banned category will face unprecedented economic issues. The government needs to extend its support in terms of policy and fiscal incentives.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said legislators of the ruling BJP-JJP alliance were themselves displeased with the prevailing state of affairs. “The MLAs of the coalition have exposed their government,” Hooda said. The Congress leader said, “The government has constituted several special investigation teams (SITs) to probe the many scams unearthed in the state, but the SITs' reports never see the light of the day.”
Amid the outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD) among bovines, the non-availability of goat pox vaccine and scarcity of government-appointed veterinarians has left farmers high and dry, forcing them to approach private veterinary clinics that charge an exorbitant fee for their services. “The administration has failed to vaccinate animals or spray disinfectants,” said Ramesh Kumar of Bhiwani, whose herd has not contracted the infection so far as he regularly disinfects the shed.
The Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau has been spearheading the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP government's fight against drug trafficking with just 53% of its workforce, while grappling with acute staff shortage in field units. Till July 15, 380 posts were sanctioned in the HSNCB, of which 178 (47%) are vacant. At least 84% posts of ministerial staff are also vacant at the HSNCB headquarters.
Not only Punjab, even Uttar Pradesh (UP) started seeing a rise in stubble burning cases and decline in water table as farmers began shifting towards rice cultivation. RK Upadhyaya, head of department of agriculture division of UP remote sensing application centre was here to attend a brainstorming workshop on space-based solution for effective management of stubble burning and air pollution, hosted by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre at Punjab Agricultural University. Since 2010, the state has witnessed a steady rise in incidents of farm fires.
Five Maluka residents were booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Prevention of Atrocities Act after a woman complained of casteism by them saying they asked her to sit and eat separately while pinpointing to her caste. The accused were identified as Raghbir Singh, Jagsir Singh, Swarna, Lakha Singh and Kuldeep Kaur, all residents of Maluka village in Bathinda district.