The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday issued directions to Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials to complete all formalities related to Goods and Services Tax (GST) so that ration under Public Distribution System (PDS) could be releases to depot holders at the earliest.
Transport, Food and Civil Supplies minister GS Bali said after the implementation of GST, the depot holders of the state are in confusion over the taxes, resulting in reluctance among them to lift ration.
“I have assured the depot holders that GST would have no impact on them as the taxes are not applicable on rice and wheat flour,” he said, adding he has also met FCI officials to complete all formalities relating to GST at earliest.
He said if the agency requires the help of chartered accountants in doing so, they can send the proposal to the department which will give them permission to hire the consultants on extra-ordinary basis. Bali assured all the depot holders that the GST would be included in the cost of products that are distributed through PDS system and urged them to lift the ration as soon as possible for the benefit of poor and common man.
He said the Transport department would soon add 325 more buses to its existing fleet 3,200 buses and around 250 of these would be plied on rural and tribal areas of the state. “With the addition of new buses in the HRTC fleet, the department would phase out the old buses,” he said.