Chandigarh, Oct 30: The Punjab Cabinet today gave a green signal to impose four per cent entry tax on sugar imported from outside the state.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here. The move is aimed at safeguarding the interest of local sugar industries.
The Cabinet approved to amend the Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2000, in respect of sugar imported from outside the state.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to impose entry tax on iron and steel, including scrap, dyes and chemicals and all types of yarn, fiber and chips at the rate of four per cent by bringing an amendment in the Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2000.
The Cabinet also approved to amend the Punjab Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1964 (for brick earth and ordinary earth minerals only) by incorporating rules 24, 25, 26, 27 and form K.
The Cabinet decided to allow the brick industry of the state to pay VAT on lump sum basis on the pattern of neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
It may be recalled that the brick industry in Punjab was paying lump sum tax for many years prior to the introduction of VAT with effect from April 1, 2005.
The Cabinet decided to set up 2,748 new Anganwadi Centres which would be spread across all 148 blocks of Punjab. The cabinet also approved the setting up of a special cell for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) at Tarn Taran. A Government spokesman said the main objective of the scheme was to ensure all round development of women in the age group of 15-45 years and children up to six years by providing services of pre-school education, immunisation, health check up, referral services, nutrition and health education and supplementary nutrition.
The Cabinet approved setting up of district consumer fora in the newly-created districts of SAS Nagar (Mohali), Tarn Taran and Barnala under section 9 of the Consumer Protection Act,1986.