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Industrial units in Himachal get 10 years tax exemption under GST regime



GST exemption to hilly states including himachla

Shimla: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday gave its approval to the Scheme of providing budgetary support of Rs. 27,413 crore under Goods and Service Tax (GST) Regime for the eligible industrial units located in the Hilly States. These States include Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and the North Eastern States including Sikkim.

The provision was approved for a period of 10 years staring from July 1, 2017, to March 31, 2027. The scheme covers industrial units located in aforesaid States which availed the benefit of Central Excise exemption prior to coming into force of GST regime.

The government expects that the provision will benefit a total number of 4284 eligible units in the aforesaid States.

The Government of India was implementing North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007 for the North Eastern States including Sikkim and Package for the Special Category States for Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh to promote industrialization.

The government said that one of the benefits of the NEIIPP, 2007 and Package for the Special Category States is the excise duty exemption for first 10 years after commencement of commercial production.

Upon repeal of the Central Excise duty laws, the Government has decided to pay a budgetary support equal to the central share of the cash component of CGST and IGST paid by the affected eligible industrial units, said the notification.

The support will be available for the residual period (ten years from the date of the commercial production) in the States of North Eastern region and the Himalayan States.

DIPP will notify the Scheme, including detailed operational guidelines for implementation of the scheme within 6 weeks, said the notification, said the notification.

Bhartiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh has welcomed this step. Member of Parliament Hamirpur Sh. Anurag Thakur said the State being a Special Category State has GST revenue threshold at Rs. 10 lakh and under Composition Scheme at Rs. 50 lakh.

Whereas in the neighboring States like Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh the limit is Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 75 lakh respectively. Traders have expressed their disappointment about the State Government not taking up the matter with GST Council, he said.

He has requested the State government to take up this matter before GST council to increase the limit to Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 75 lakh under Composition Scheme so those small traders are exempted from paying GST.

The traders of Himachal Pradesh have also brought to my notice that some essential commodities like milk, lentils, jaggery, and sugar are being levied 1% market fees, said Anurag.

Currently Entry Tax is being charged at 16 different places of the State and also additional goods tax is being charged from traders of the State,

he further added.

He asked the Chief Minister to remove these additional taxes so that the business of traders is not affected.

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DC Kangra confirms abduction of 3 Himachalis in Nigeria, CM seeks Centre Govt’s help



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: The Deputy Commissioner of Kangra today confirmed that Nigerian sea pirates have held three men hailing from Kangra hostages for ransom.

The state government said it has taken up the matter with the Government of India and requested the safe release of all three hostages.

The step came after the news appeared in regional media.

The State government claimed that in a communiqué to the Western Africa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, the state government said the three youths namely Sushil Kumar, Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Kumar, who belong to Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have been kidnapped by the Nigerian pirates as per the confirmed report.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has sought the intervention of Union government to ensure the safe release of three hostages.He hoped the union government will act fast and get the hostages released safely.

You can read the entire matter here in HW’s previous article.

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Govt silent over safety of 3 Himachali youth allegedly held hostages by Nigerian pirates for ransom



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: Three youths hailing from Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, who were serving in Merchant Navy, have reportedly ended in the hands of armed Nigerian sea pirates as hostages. The armed pirates hijacked their ship and demanded a ransom of 11 million nairas (20-22 Lakh INR) from the parents of one of the hostages.

The details are scanty as no official confirmation has been made by the State or Centre Government. It is not clear when they were abducted. 

The news broke out when Raghubir Singh (62) of Nagrota, father of one of the hostages, reached media yesterday.  

As per the information given by Raghubir, the other two men included Pankaj Kumar of Samloti and Ajay Kumar of Palampur.

The three men were currently working for a private shipping company named Max Marine Services in Cortnou Benin.

On March 12, the parents of one of the abducted youth, Susheel Sharma (37), who was the captain on the ship, received a call through a satellite phone. Susheel told the parents that he along with two others had been held hostage in some jungle. He told the parents about the pirate’s demand for ransom in exchange for their release.

On March 21, Himachal had received a shock after the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed, while speaking in the Parliament, the killing of 39 Indians in Iraq including four men from Himachal. Three of them hailed from Kangra while remaining one belonged to Mandi district.

Now, this fresh case of abduction has again jolted Kangra.

Surprisingly, as alleged by the parents, the Centre or State Government have not given any reaction to the situation.   

The district administration also said it was not aware of the situation.

The parents also alleged the shipping company of keeping them in dark whenever they contacted it to know whereabouts of their son. The owner of the ship told the parents that a negotiation was ongoing with the pirates.

However, recently, the owner stopped picking up phone calls from the aggrieved parents.  

Ultimately, the family on March 18 approached the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Prime Minister, Modi,  through a mail with their plea to intervene and rescue their son.

However, the parents allege that they did not receive any satisfactory response from anyone. 

As per the statement of the parents, Sudhir had told them that they are getting only one meal per day. The pirates will starve them to death if the ransom is not paid, Sudhir had told the parents.

Now, the parents do not trust the company anymore and have put their hope on the Government.   


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Man killed as stone rolls down hill, breaks through moving HRTC bus window in Kullu



Bizzare Bus Accident in Himachal's Kullu

Kullu: A big round stone rolled down a hill and broke through the window of a moving Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation (HRTC) bus that was heading towards Kullu from Rampur today. The accident occurred near Luhri in Kullu.  A co-passenger who was sitting beside the deceased also came in spate and received injuries.

However, the deceased, who was identified as Manohar Singh (60) of Tippal village in Anni, died on the spot.  The injured was identified as Vijay Kumar of Kumarsain. He was taken to hospital in Rampur. 

The death came from nowhere and picked up its prey within a fraction of a second, said the eyewitnesses. The stone hit Manohar right on his head, which was badly crushed.  

Other passengers were horrified by the bizarre and sudden manner the stone broke through the window like a bullet.  

A police team from Luhri rushed to the spot and took custody of the dead body.  The elected MLA Kishori Lal Sagar also arrived at the spot on hearing the tragic news. The body was later handed over to the family after the postmortem.

The district administration provided Rs. 20, 000 to the victim’s family as immediate relief. The HRTC also announced Rs. 10,000 as relief money.  

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