LBT on alcohol in all municipal corporations except Mumbai

Decision to be implemented in all municipal corporations except Mumbai

Mumbai: The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to re-impose local body tax (LBT) on alcohol and alcoholic beverages in 25 municipal corporations except Mumbai. However, the move has invited criticism from the federation of retail traders’ welfare association.

“The State government had to give subsidy to Municipal Corporations for the losses they suffered due to government’s decision of abolishing LBT,” an official from Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department said.

“It has now been decided that those traders who deal in liquor or substances made from liquor and whose turnover is less than Rs 50 crore, will be levied sales tax equivalent to the LBT they paid previously,” the official added.

Reacting to the decision, Viren Shah, president, federation of retail trader’s welfare association (FRTWA) said this is a summersault by the State government.

“The State government’s decision to impose LBT in 25 municipal corporations is shocking for all those alcohol manufacturers in the state except Mumbai. Earlier, only LBT to those above Rs 50 crore turnover which was benefitting 8 lakh small traders but now they decided to put LBT on all alcohol trade,” he said.

“This is a summersault by the ruling government. Right now it is only for alcohol and it may lead to other products then protests will erupt and then blame will go to the present government for putting the burden back on traders,” he said.

The cabinet also decided to give Tur Dal at Rs 120 per Kg on every ration card to Antyoday (AAY) and BPL ration card holders from August to October – the festive season. This decision will benefit around 70,07,589 ration card holders, government has said.

The cabinet also decided to set up Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authority in each revenue division of the State (total 6). Cabinet sanctioned creation of 78 posts for these 6 authorities with an expense of Rs 3.52 crore every year.

The cabinet also gave green signal for development of lands in possession of MSRDC to develop new townships in each revenue region. The state government will give Rs 500 crore and the MSRDC will be the Development Authority for all the 24 Nodes.

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