VET applicable from August 1 by all Cantonment boards

Pranita Roy
Monday, 31 July 2017

Pune: The Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road cantonment boards will restart levying of Vehicle Entry Tax (VET) from August 1 midnight.

The collection of VET was stopped in all cantonments after Goods and Service Tax (GST) came into effect, due to which all boards incurred a massive revenue loss. The regulation was passed after all cantonment boards received a letter from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stating that VET is not included under GST.

Pune: The Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road cantonment boards will restart levying of Vehicle Entry Tax (VET) from August 1 midnight.

The collection of VET was stopped in all cantonments after Goods and Service Tax (GST) came into effect, due to which all boards incurred a massive revenue loss. The regulation was passed after all cantonment boards received a letter from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) stating that VET is not included under GST.

There are 13 active check posts in Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) jurisdiction and 14 active check posts in Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB). So far, PCB has incurred a loss of Rs 80 lakh and KCB of Rs 85 lakh.

The letter said that as per the Cantonment Act 2006, cantonments have powers to charge fees under section 67 of the said act. It said that fees is not a tax and thus would remain unaffected by introduction of GST.
PCB president bars media from meeting

In light of a recent tiff between PCB President Brig Rajiv Sethi and elected members of PCB reported in the media, Sethi debarred reporters and photographers from attending the special board meeting scheduled on Monday.

He said it was decided that the media will be restricted from attending any meeting. He added that the media cannot report any negative news of the board; either positive news should be published or no news should be given.

However, no written correspondence related to the new regulation was given to mediapersons present on Monday. Elected members of PCB expressed disappointment with this diktat.

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