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Pre-budget dialogue important: Gehlot

‘Recession had a negligible impact on India’

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said the State Government was committed to simplifying the tax collection procedure and resolving the problems of industry and business sector besides ensuring collection of outstanding tax on time.

Positive results

Addressing representatives of trade and industry at a meeting of the State Tax Advisory Committee here, Mr. Gehlot noted that introduction of e-collection of revenue had yielded positive results, with about 50 per cent of taxes, including the value added tax (VAT), being collected through e-payment.

Mr. Gehlot described the pre-Budget dialogue with the people associated with trade and industry as very important and pointed out that the government had benefited immensely from the valuable suggestions made last year. “The Government made all efforts to incorporate the suggestions in the Budget and provide relief to the industry and trade sector,” he said.

According to an official release here, Mr. Gehlot assured the trade and industrial organisations that the recommendations made for resolution of procedural hassles would be considered positively.

The Chief Minister referred to some of the important decisions taken in the previous year’s Budget such as abolition of flying squad system in the Commercial Taxes Department, tax exemption for saris, relief in luxury tax and stamp duty, comprehensive tax exemption for village industry products, honouring honest taxpayers and payment of interest along with refund.

He said similar new decisions would be announced in this year’s Budget on the basis of suggestions made by the trade and industry.

The Chief Minister affirmed that the recent global recession had a negligible impact on India because of the United Progressive Alliance Government’s “forward-looking economic policies”.

Among others, State Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek, Principal Finance Secretary C.K. Mathew, Principal Industries Secretary Sunil Arora and representatives of trade and industry associations attended the meeting.