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Haryana Govt’s Decision to Hike Bus Fare, VAT on Fuel Prices Amid Pandemic Draws Flak from Congress

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The Congress occasion slammed the Khattar authorities’s transfer to ‘burden individuals’ within the time of a disaster.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: May 1, 2020, 7:57 AM IST

Chandigarh: The Haryana authorities on Thursday determined to extend the bus fare by 15 paise per km and hike the VAT on diesel and petrol costs, drawing the flak of the Congress occasion for its transfer to “burden people” throughout a pandemic.

The fare for bizarre, luxurious and tremendous luxurious buses has been hiked from 85 paisa per passenger per km to Rs 1 per passenger per km to partially meet the elevated value of operation of buses, an official assertion stated after a gathering of the state cupboard.

The value of operation of buses has gone up from Rs 37.48 per km in June 2016 to Rs 52.23 per km in December 2019, it stated. The Haryana Roadways has a fleet of round 4,294 buses and function round 10.38 lakh km every day.

The public transport is off the roads as a result of a nationwide lockdown to include the unfold of coronavirus.

The bus hike is way under the 25 per cent improve carried out in 2010-11 and 20 per cent improve in 2012-13, the assertion stated.

In one other determination, the cupboard accorded approval to partially restore the VAT on diesel and petrol costs and determined to place an entire ban on the acquisition of latest autos, together with vehicles and jeeps, besides buses for public transport and autos used for emergency responses in the course of the present monetary 12 months.

The improve in fee of tax can be Rs 1 per litre on petrol and Rs 1.1 per litre on diesel, it stated.

The Haryana Cabinet additionally determined to impose one per cent market charge and Haryana Rural Development Fund cess on sale of fruit and veggies in mandis.

The Congress stated different governments had been placing cash in individuals’s hand in the course of the disaster however the BJP-JJP authorities was doing the alternative.

“Today, Khattar Cabinet wrote a Black Chapter of anti-people measures! Govts are putting more money in people’s hands everywhere but BJP-JJP Govt forces & fleeces daily,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

Surjewala stated tax of “Rs 1.10 per litre on petrol/diesel, bus fare hike & Market fee on fruits and veggies is the new ‘JaJia Tax’!”.

Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja additionally slammed the Khattar authorities’s transfer to “burden people” within the time of a disaster.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had just lately stated that Haryana has been dropping a whopping Rs 4,600 crore income.

Khattar in a televised deal with had stated “we will have to curtail our expenses and generate sources of income”.

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