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Govt. grants extension for paying utility bills

Pinarayi Vijayan will convey State’s concerns to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Pinarayi Vijayan will convey State’s concerns to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  

Accusing the Central government of being insensitive to the chaos caused by the snap decision to demonetise Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 notes, the State government on Sunday stepped in to provide relief for the harrowed public, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announcing an extension of the last date for payment of taxes and fees.

Talking to reporters on his way to New Delhi, Mr. Vijayan said payment of utility bills such as electricity and water charges, college fees and fees levied by local bodies for various services could be paid up to November 30 without fine.

The tax levied by the Motor Vehicles Department for commercial vehicles, taxis and autorickshaws would be accepted up to November 30. However, there would be no extension of the date for payment of VAT and excise duty.

Flays Centre

Coming down heavily on the Centre, Mr. Vijayan said “it is now clear that the demonetisation move was not aimed at checking black money as it is made out to be.



The PM was on tour when the country was going through a chaotic phase, says Pinarayi Vijayan.



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