Thursday, December 6, 2012
PRAJA VIKAS DARSHAN 2012, POINT 1: CHEAPER PETROL, DIESEL AND CNG! VAT-FREE FERTILISERS!
At present, VAT rates in Gujarat are the highest in the country. This directly increases prices of petrol, diesel and CNG, increasing the burden on the common man. Against this, VAT has been waived for a major corporate, and it has gained hugely from this. If Congress is voted to power, no corporate will be be spared from VAT; at the same time VAT rates will be drastically reduced on petrol, diesel and CNG. This will bring down other costs, benefitting a big number of the state’s citizens- those who use two-wheelers, rickshaws, four-wheelers, truck-owners and labour-intensive workers like fishermen who use these fuels in their occupations. Gujarat is also the only state where VAT is levied on fertilizers; this is affecting poor farmers, who are unable to bear the heavy burden. If Congress is voted to power, it will also abolish VAT on fertilizers, and will benefit 46,61,000 farmers in the state.