Tax for J&K livestock supplies in Punjab settled at Rs 10,000 per truck

Zulfkar Calls On Punjab Ministers

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 12:29AM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 12:29AM
Tax for J&K livestock supplies in Punjab settled at Rs 10,000 per truckFile Photo

To discuss ‘high tax’ levied on transportation of livestock in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir Food Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today met with two ministers of the state in Chandigarh and settled the tax rate at Rs 10,000 per truckload carrying 160 sheep or goat and Rs 12,000 a carriage with more than 160 animals. 

“Following the discussion, it was resolved that Punjab Government will limit charges on a truckload with 160 livestock at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per truck and Rs 12,000 above 160 load of livestock and they have issued instructions accordingly,” an official spokesperson said here. 

However, he added that Punjab government agreed the same till next tender ending June 2018.

Kashmir-based mutton dealers have recently complained that the transportation tax has been suddenly increased to the rate of 4 percent per of the value, which would come to Rs 30,000 a truckload of livestock. These mutton dealers also went for a strike recently, which prompted the state government for action. 

“Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, in view of the seriousness of the matter of meat dealers of Kashmir, along with a team of officers from Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs Department and Legal Metrology Department visited Chandigarh to resolve the matter with Punjab Government which ended with positive response from Punjab by limiting the charges,” the spokesperson said.

Zulfkar apprised the Ministers separately that representatives of Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Union along with Chinar Sheep Goat Welfare Association Delhi approached Jammu & Kashmir Government with the plea that livestock being bought from Delhi to Kashmir is being charged money in the garb of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulations Act, 1967 which is not applicable on their livestock. He said that these traders have produced a photocopy of receipt Book No 4985 and Serial No 36 issued by Fair Officers of Punjab Government in which an amount of Rs 28000 per truck was charged on account of composition under Section 20 of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967.

The minister brought into the notice of Punjab Government that these Meat Traders purchase livestock from Delhi, Rajasthan, Jaipur and other places outside Punjab and Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967 is not applicable to them as the vehicles are only in transit from Delhi, Rajsthan, Jaipur to Jammu & Kashmir while passing through Punjab.