Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Delhi Govt will consider all views on VAT hike in Budget: Sheila

New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) Faced with mounting criticism over the hike in VAT on several items and withdrawal of subsidy on LPG as proposed in Delhi Budget 2010-11, the Delhi Chief Minister today said State Government would give consideration to all view points before taking the final decision on the matter.

''We are open to all view points on the issue and they will be considered before giving the final reply on March 29,'' the Chief Minister's told reporters here this evening.

It is notable that the Chief Minister is to reply on the discussion on the Budget in the Delhi Legislative Assembly on March 29.

In view of mounting criticism of hike in VAT rates on many items and withdrawal of subsidy on LPG, it is expected that the State Government might consider partial rollback on the VAT rates on several items announced in the Budget.

The Chief Minister's latest statement could be seen as a comedown on her stand this morning when she ruled out any rollback in the VAT rates.

Talking to reporters this morning, she had said the hike was necessary to ensure the development of the city in view of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

Defending the withdrawal of the subsidy on LPG, the Chief Minister said the Delhi Government was the only one to retain the subsidy even when other states had withdrawn it.

Assuring that the hike in VAT rates would not have an adverse impact on the common man, the Chief Minister said the prices in Delhi were far lower compared to several other states.

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