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September 5, 2001 - September 5, 2001

Mehta writes to Vajpayee over CAG report on Keshubhai Wednesday, September 5, 2001

( PTI )
AHMEDABAD: Former Gujarat chief minister Chhabildas Mehta has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the controversy generated by foreign trips of state chief minister Keshubhai Patel and the consequent critical remarks about them in the report of controller and auditor general (CAG) of India.

In a letter to Vajpayee on Tuesday, copies of which were released to the press, he said "I will like to draw your attention to a very important matter concerning the chief minister of Gujarat. He has issued advertisements against the remarks of the CAG, an independent (Constitutional) institution, which after examining the state accounts, has published its report."

In its report, the CAG has passed certain critical remarks on the foreign trips undertaken by Patel along with his officials and to counter it, the state government had issued advertisements to prove that the CAG report was wrong, Mehta said.

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Sales tax concessions for Kutch not to be too liberal Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government notification on sales tax concession to the worst quake-affected district of Kutch is unlikely to be as liberal as the notification on excise exemption for a period of five years for new units to be set up in Kutch. An industries department resolution on sales tax notification is lying for clearance with Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, giving three different options on concessions ever since the excise concession notification was announced in July end.

Giving details of the resolution, a source close to state industries minister Suresh Mehta said, "The CM has to take a decision on whether we should give total exemption as in the case with excise, or follow the concession regime with which we were used to before the floor rate of sales tax was decided upon by all the Indian states. He would also have to decide on whether it should be for five years, seven years or 10 years, and the type of units it would be valid for."

The source said there is no cap in excise exemption notification for units set up with an investment above Rs 20 crore. "Obviously, such a drastic concession cannot be allowed for in sales tax." Though the notification was to be issued within a week of the excise notification, the source said it could not be done because of the CM's "rather busy schedule to see the industries department resolution on it."

When contacted, state finance minister Vajubhai Vala said the sales tax notification would be out "soon" and would be "more or less in line with the excise notification." Confirming that two or three options have been suggested by the industries department, Vala added, "The CM will take a final decision in the matter after he takes it to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority." Officials claim that Rs 10,000 crore investment is expected in Kutch once excise and sales tax notifications are effected.

After the CM decides, the industries department resolution would be sent to the state finance department, which would issue the notification. This might happen by the weekend or early next week, an official said. Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that though the excise notification is out, it has yet not become effective. "For this, the excise commissioner in Vadodara would have to come up with a separate trade order," a bureaucrat said.

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Sales tax concessions for Kutch not to be too liberal Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government notification on sales tax concession to the worst quake-affected district of Kutch is unlikely to be as liberal as the notification on excise exemption for a period of five years for new units to be set up in Kutch. An industries department resolution on sales tax notification is lying for clearance with Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, giving three different options on concessions ever since the excise concession notification was announced in July end.

Giving details of the resolution, a source close to state industries minister Suresh Mehta said, "The CM has to take a decision on whether we should give total exemption as in the case with excise, or follow the concession regime with which we were used to before the floor rate of sales tax was decided upon by all the Indian states. He would also have to decide on whether it should be for five years, seven years or 10 years, and the type of units it would be valid for."

The source said there is no cap in excise exemption notification for units set up with an investment above Rs 20 crore. "Obviously, such a drastic concession cannot be allowed for in sales tax." Though the notification was to be issued within a week of the excise notification, the source said it could not be done because of the CM's "rather busy schedule to see the industries department resolution on it."

When contacted, state finance minister Vajubhai Vala said the sales tax notification would be out "soon" and would be "more or less in line with the excise notification." Confirming that two or three options have been suggested by the industries department, Vala added, "The CM will take a final decision in the matter after he takes it to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority." Officials claim that Rs 10,000 crore investment is expected in Kutch once excise and sales tax notifications are effected.

After the CM decides, the industries department resolution would be sent to the state finance department, which would issue the notification. This might happen by the weekend or early next week, an official said. Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that though the excise notification is out, it has yet not become effective. "For this, the excise commissioner in Vadodara would have to come up with a separate trade order," a bureaucrat said.

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Sales tax concessions for Kutch not to be too liberal Wednesday, September 5, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government notification on sales tax concession to the worst quake-affected district of Kutch is unlikely to be as liberal as the notification on excise exemption for a period of five years for new units to be set up in Kutch. An industries department resolution on sales tax notification is lying for clearance with Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, giving three different options on concessions ever since the excise concession notification was announced in July end.

Giving details of the resolution, a source close to state industries minister Suresh Mehta said, "The CM has to take a decision on whether we should give total exemption as in the case with excise, or follow the concession regime with which we were used to before the floor rate of sales tax was decided upon by all the Indian states. He would also have to decide on whether it should be for five years, seven years or 10 years, and the type of units it would be valid for."

The source said there is no cap in excise exemption notification for units set up with an investment above Rs 20 crore. "Obviously, such a drastic concession cannot be allowed for in sales tax." Though the notification was to be issued within a week of the excise notification, the source said it could not be done because of the CM's "rather busy schedule to see the industries department resolution on it."

When contacted, state finance minister Vajubhai Vala said the sales tax notification would be out "soon" and would be "more or less in line with the excise notification." Confirming that two or three options have been suggested by the industries department, Vala added, "The CM will take a final decision in the matter after he takes it to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority." Officials claim that Rs 10,000 crore investment is expected in Kutch once excise and sales tax notifications are effected.

After the CM decides, the industries department resolution would be sent to the state finance department, which would issue the notification. This might happen by the weekend or early next week, an official said. Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that though the excise notification is out, it has yet not become effective. "For this, the excise commissioner in Vadodara would have to come up with a separate trade order," a bureaucrat said.

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Licences of owners of 45 lions cancelled Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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GANDHINAGAR: The days of making the big cats _ lions, tigers and panthers _ dancing to the tune of ring masters in the circus are over.

Forcing them to jump through the 'rings of fire' and doing other deeds unnatural for these lords of the jungle, or making the monkeys and bears dance in the streets and fairs too are gone. The tortuous and barbaric treatment meted out to these wild animals by converting them into show animals _ always a hotly-debated controversy _ also ends.

After the Mumbai High Court vacated a stay order against cancellation of licences of privately-owned animals recently, the Department of Forests and Environment, Government of India, has issued orders to the Chief Wildlife Wardens of all states to revoke such licences and take custody of such animals.

The five animals include big cats like lions, tigers and panthers, and also bears and monkeys. Following this, the Gujarat Forest Department cancelled licences of private ownership of 45 lions and 10 bears which it had issued to the circuses and private individuals.

Moreover, the forest department has also taken over the possession of 14 lions and two tigers from the Rambo Circus, three lions from Shalin Circus, three lions from the New Golden Circus and three bears from Mohammed Hanif in Surat, Himmatnagar and Ahmedabad.

Last week, a notice was issued by the central government to revoke private licences for ownership of lions, tigers, panthers, bears and monkeys after the Mumbai High Court vacated a stay order in this connection.

According to highly-placed sources in the department, while some animals have been shifted elsewhere, most have been kept in the circus under custody of the forest department. They will be later sent to one of the four rescue centres which have been set up by the central government for the purpose at Panirghatta (Karnataka), Vandalur (Tamil Nadu), Tirupatti and Vishakhapattanam in Andhra Pradesh.

The state government had started issuing permits to circuses and individuals since 1972. Licences were issued to Golden Circus, Aryan Circus, Shalin Circus and Great Bombay Circus and eight other individuals.

As per the new regulations, all these five species can now be possessed and kept at zoos recognised by the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA).

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