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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 12:16 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 12:16 AM (IST)

Take steps to abolish toll, HM tells Nirmal

Amit Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Jammu, September 12

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to take appropriate measures to abolish the toll at Lakhanpur as it defied the notion of ‘One Nation, One Tax’.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government, which implemented the GST in the state seven days after it was implemented all over the country, is still levying toll tax at Lakhanpur, the gateway of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a meeting with Rajnath Singh, the Chamber of Traders’ Federation (CTF), Jammu, raised this issue with him after which the Home Minister directed Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to take appropriate measures to abolish toll at Lakhanpur.

“The Home Minister accepted that the state cannot levy any tax after implementing the GST and it has to be abolished. He also directed the Deputy Chief Minister to take appropriate measures to abolish it,” said Neeraj Anand, president, CTF, Jammu.

The federation has already given a deadline of September 20 to abolish toll from Lakhanpur and threatened the state government that it would launch a mass agitation if the administration failed to abolish the tax.

A delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, also met Rajnath Singh and submitted their memorandum to him.

The trade body took up the issue of deporting Rohingyas from the state.

They informed the Home Minister that compassionate outpouring by some humanitarian groups notwithstanding, the continued stay of foreign nationals from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Jammu and Samba districts had all the potential of leading to a socioeconomic crisis of humongous proportions.

They said it would not be out of context to mention that while thousands of persons migrating from west Pakistan and neighbouring states for the past many decades were still crying for state subject rights, these foreign nationals enjoying political patronage had all the clandestinely acquired proofs of their stay in this part of India.

Deport Rohingyas, says industry  

  • A delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, also met Rajnath Singh and submitted their memorandum to him. The trade body took up the issue of deporting Rohingyas from the state 
  • They informed the Home Minister that compassionate outpouring by some humanitarian groups notwithstanding, the continued stay of foreign nationals from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Jammu and Samba districts had all the potential of leading to a socioeconomic crisis of humongous proportions 

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