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Withdraw VAT on sugar: Punjab Congress MLA

Publish Date: 06 Aug 2012, 09:37 AM
Last Updated: 06 Aug 2012, 09:37 AM
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Withdraw VAT on sugar: Congress MLA
Withdraw VAT on sugar: Congress MLA

Amritsar: Senior Congress leader and MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on sugar has turned bitter for people as prices have soared by 20 percent in last one month in Punjab.

"Instead of providing relief to the public by reducing VAT on petrol or other goods, the Punjab Government is rubbing salt on wounds of the people by increasing VAT on Sugar, an essential commodity," he said.

Randhawa said that by imposing VAT on sugar, the Punjab government is contributing to the inflation and later blaming others for high inflation.

The SAD-BJP led Punjab government last month imposed Value Added Tax at the rate of 5 percent on sugar and 10 percent surcharge on the same to mobilise Rs 100 crore as part of its resource mobilisation exercise.

(Agencies)

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