Raghubar calls for the repeal of the law on agricultural taxation

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Former Chief Minister Raghubar Das wrote a letter to Chief Minister Hemant Soren with the request to repeal the Jharkhand State Agriculture and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2022.

Das in his letter said that with the new bill, the provisions to levy a 2% tax on all transactions in mandis operated in the state by the Jharkhand State Agricultural Marketing Board. He said that with the introduction of a new tax, the prices of essential food grains will rise at the same time, this will provide access to the middleman.

Das, the BJP National Vice Chairman also said that while on the one hand the prime minister is removing the old outdated tax system, the chief minister is imposing a new tax system on the people.

The former Chief Minister also referred to the Governor who returned the Jharkhand State Agriculture and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Amendment Bill 2022 on technical grounds.

It should be noted that Governor Ramesh Bais recently returned the Agricultural Commodities Amendment Bill, 2022 sent for its assent to the state government, directing it to rectify the differences in the Hindi and English versions of the said bill. law, which was approved by the assembly. during the budget session.

The bill was sent for the governor’s assent about two weeks ago. After going through both versions, anomalies were found in 10 sections of the bill. The government was requested to rectify them accordingly.

While Raj Bhawan returned the bill due to the difference between the Hindi and English versions, traders operating in the mandis were also opposed to the bill and called on the state government to rescind the amended law .

Ranchi Mayor and BJP National Secretary Asha Lakra also urged the state government to repeal the Farm Bill. She said that in times of pandemic, traders have faced difficulties; the imposition of a new agricultural tax will weigh on traders. She also urged traders to end their strike in the general interest of the population.


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