Government will consider suggestions to review VAT on petroleum products: Joykumar

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Imphal: Deputy Chief Minister (in-charge Finance) Yumnam Joykumar stated before the House that the government will consider suggestions to review VAT (Value Added Tax) on petroleum products.

He made the assurance while replying to questions raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram during the morning session of the 7th day of the ongoing 12th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, on Thursday.

He also informed the house that the existing VAT levied on petroleum products in the state is comparatively similar to other North East states.

Joykumar stated that the increments/revisions in VAT on petroleum products like petrol and diesel since 2017 have been taken up three times on October 4, 2018; October 22, 2019 and on May6, 2020 respectively.

Stating that public notice was issued by the government for the increments/revisions of 2019 he said for the other two cases fourteen days public notice was not issued.

Explaining the reason for the non issuance of the public notice of the increments/revisions in the two cases, he said the increments/revision of October 4, 2018, the VAT rate of petrol was reduced from 25 percent to 21.2 percent and that of diesel from 14.5 percent to 10.6 percent. The public notice was not issued as the government had decided to transfer the benefit of tax decrease in petrol and diesel immediately to the consumer.

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Further he clarified that the non issuance of the public notice for the May 6, 2020 was due to the urgent need for additional resources to meet the high expenses incurred due to Covid-19 pandemic. During the time of unprecedented emergency there was a sharp decline in both GST and VAT collection. On the other hand, there was an urgent requirement of huge resources to combat the pandemic, he added.

Pending MGNREGS payment

Rural development and Panchayati Raj Thongam Biswajit Singh in response to MLA Surjakumar Okram’s starred question stated that payment of the wages and material component for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is still pending. He stated that the administrative department has submitted a claim proposal to MoRD accordingly, Rs 83.66 crore has been released by MoRD and that the remaining amount is being processed for release by the ministry.

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Biswajit while replying to a starred question from MLA N. Loken Singh, stated that under PMAY – G scheme, 18,640 houses had been allotted for FY 2016-17 to 2019-20. Out of 18,640 units, 18,455 units had started construction and about 10,030 units had been completed. He said that for the FY 2020-21, a target of about 15,842 houses have been allotted. Out of the allotted target, 13,861 have been sanctioned till date and funds for the above houses are yet to be released by the MoRD. The amount per house under PMAY – G is Rs 1,30,000.

Widening of Imphal Moreh road

Works minister Biswajit while replying to a starred question by MLA Karam Shyam said the ministry of road transport and highways has sanctioned the strengthening and widening from the spot of 320.320 km to spot of 330.00 km on NH-102, Imphal Moreh section during the year 2020-21, with a target to complete the project within 18 months.

Pending compensation for Dolaithabi barrage project

Water resources minister Letpao Haokip answering to a starred question on the functional status of Dolaithabi barrage project the project is programmed to be completed by March 2021 but due to the pending court cases for purchase of land the construction of right main canal the canals are not fully  functional. He said the compensation amount of Rs 8,29,22,000 for 243 households for the right main canal has been deposited to DC Imphal East. Two hundred and twenty-nine pattadars have already been compensated whereas compensation amounting to Rs 53.04 lakh for 14 pattadars is still with the DC due to a pending court case.

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Extension period of report of Select Committee on the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Manipur Legislative Assembly adopted that the time appointed for the presentation of the report of Select Committee on the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Bill No.9 of 2018) be extended for a period of three months. The House also adopted that the time appointed for the presentation of the Report of the Enquiry Committee, Manipur Legislative Assembly constituted to enquire into the fraudulent withdrawal of money in the department of Tribal Affairs and Hills Development to be extended for a period of three months.

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