Rajasthan govt introduces 20 percent liquor surcharge to generate funds for cow protection

Jaipur: The Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan has introduced a 20 percent surcharge on liquor, the proceeds of which will be used for protection of cows in the state, an official said on Sunday. “The state government hereby notifies that surcharge at the rate of 20 percent shall be levied and collected on the amount of tax or any sum in lieu of tax payable on the sale of foreign liquor, Indian made foreign liquor, country liquor and beer sold by dealers registered under the provisions of the Rajasthan Value Added Tax Act 2003 with effect from 23 July, 2018,” an official order read.

The surcharge imposed on liquor is meant for cow protection, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance and Taxation) Mukesh Kumar Sharma said.

 Rajasthan govt introduces 20 percent liquor surcharge to generate funds for cow protection

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The state government had in April last year imposed a 10 per cent surcharge on all non-judicial instruments for the protection of cows thus making rent agreements, mortgage papers and lease agreement costlier.  Official sources said the state government was also considering increasing the surcharge on non-judicial instruments to 20 percent from existing 10 percent for cow protection and propagation in addition to the liquor surcharge.

In the drought-affected areas of the state, there are 1,682 cow-shelters with 5.86 lakh cows. There are a total 2,562 cow-shelters having a population of nearly 8.58 lakh cows in Rajasthan. Officials said in the past two financial years, the Rajasthan government has earned approximately Rs 895-crore from the 10 percent surcharge levied on stamp duty for conservation and propagation of cows and their progeny.

Under the proposals for cow conservation and propagation fund rules-2016, the state government provided Rs 132.68 crore in the financial year 2016-17. The funds were provided for fodder and water to 1160 cow-shelters.

In 2017-2018, the state government spent Rs 123.07 crore on 1603 cow-shelters. In the year 2015-16, before the surcharge was imposed, the state government spent Rs 1.80 crore for nurturing 4,449 bovines rescued from smuggling and slaughtering, they said.

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Updated Date: Jun 24, 2018 22:18:20 IST