PUNE: Officials of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) are crying foul over the revenue loss incurred by the cantonment boards following the cancellation of Vehicle Entry Tax, as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has come into effect from July 1.
The officials recently met the authorities from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Defence Estate Office and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to put forth their grievances and to demand reinstating of VET.
A team comprising PCB Vice President Atul Gaikwad, its elected members Vivek Yadav, Vinod Mathurawala, Priyanka Shrigiri, Kiran Mantri, along with the elected members of KCB Suresh Kamble, Kamlesh Chaskar, Kartiki Hirvarkar had been to Delhi.
Kamble said, “The Central government had mentioned that under rule number 17 of the Indian Gazette and as per the Cantonment Act, VET is the largest source of income for a cantonment. It cannot be abolished in any form. Yet, VET was scrapped after GST came into effect, which has caused huge losses.”
“We have presented our case to Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and his personal secretary PK Suresh and Principal Director of Defence Estate Office Jogneshwar Sharma, who have assured us that they will look into the matter soon. They have sought all related documents and information, which will be submitted to the MoD and the MoF soon,” Kamble added.
Gaikwad said, “We understand scrapping Local Body Tax (LBT) after the implementation of GST, but VET has no connection with GST. A few other cantonment boards have also expressed similar views regarding VET.”
COMMERCIAL COMPLEX IN CANTONMENT
In order to improve the income of Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), the administration has been mulling various ideas to generate money for the board. Therefore, the cantonment is now planning to start a commercial complex, a proposal for which was drafted long back, but is likely to be executed now. The complex will be located near Dhobi Ghat. It will accommodate banks and IT companies.