Jammu and Kashmir toll tax come under GST Regime

Vastavam web:  Jammu and Kashmir may have come under the GST regime along with the rest of the country but is still imposing toll tax on trucks carrying goods into the state, claim traders who are protesting the “double taxation”.When asked about the abolishment of the toll tax, state minister and senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga said it was for the government to decide on it.”Please ask this question to Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh,” he said.

“The state government is imposing toll tax on goods at Lakhanpur entry point into J&K despite imposition of GST.This is simply double taxation,” said Rajesh Gupta, president, Traders Federation Warehouse.”In case of non-abolition of toll tax, the trading community will be forced to come to the roads,” he said.”We had totally supported the J&K government draft on the GST with all special powers intact only on the assumption that toll tax on goods shall be kept away from the purview of powers enjoyed under Section 5 of the J&K s Constitution. But our hopes have been belied,” said Neeraj Anand, president, Chamber of Traders Federation. “We held a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday and raised the demand to abolish the toll tax,” he said.The state Congress unit meanwhile accused the state government and the Center of “fooling” the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the issue.