GST will help traders and business: Khattar

Jun 25, 2017 17:15 | Haryana

Chandigarh, June 25—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system would facilitate consumers by reducing costs, and also help the traders by putting an end to red-tapism.
        Interacting with media persons at Kaithal today, the Chief Minister said several goods had been made tax-free under GST. Tax on goods like television sets, air conditioners, washing machines, furniture would now be levied at the rate of 28 per cent, which are presently taxed at the rate of 33 per cent, thereby, reducing the tax by five per cent. GST would bring transparency in business. 
          Answering a query on relief paid to the farmers, he said the present government had disbursed Rs 2,400 crore as compensation which far exceeded the amount disbursed by all governmments during the last 48 years. The state government has set the target to double the income of farmers by 2022.
          “The farmers in Haryana are a happy lot today as they are facing no problem in any field, be it irrigation, sugarcane prices or crop procurement. Zero per cent interest rate facility is being provided on crop loans. Other occupations like bee-keeping, milk production, pisciculture, mushroom are also being promoted,” he added.
          The Chief Minister said the farmers were satisfied with the initiatives taken by the present government. There is adequate availability of fertilizers, seeds and water for irrigation. Many initiatives have been taken to make agriculture risk-free.
          Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, there is provision for compensation in case of crop damage and also in case of production of crop less than the average. Many facilities are being provided to the farmers for taking their crops to the mandis in the state for procurement. Fifty-four mandis have been made online, he added.
          Haryana Agro-business Training School was being established in Hisar. Besides, Maharana Pratap Horticultural University was being set up in Karnal which would promote horticulture and keep farmers updated with new techniques, he added.