SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Government has once again clarified that all items of relief dispatched to Jammu and Kashmir State from various parts of the country and outside for flood affected families have been exempted from entry and toll taxes.
A spokesman of the State Government today said that relevant SROs to this effect have been issued and the concerned quarters given categorical directions.
He said the NGOs and others who are engaged in relief operation are requested to inform their representatives accordingly and carry on the process of dispatching and distributing relief to the affected families hassle free.
By virtue of the SROs, a highly simplified framework has been put in place under which NGOs, Institutions and individuals can themselves certify that the goods are meant for the relief and avail of the exemption of taxes, instead of approaching various competent authorities in the Government for such certificates.
The SROs relating to this issue read as under:
Srinagar, the 25th September, 2014
SRO 389.— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Jammu and Kashmir Entry Tax on Goods Act, 2000 and in partial modification of the notification SRO 380 dated 20th September, 2014, the Government hereby direct that after the proviso to said notification, the following proviso shall deemed to have been added w.e.f the date of issuance of the notification viz; 20th September, 2014 namely:-
“Provided further that the goods being sent or received by any Non-governmental Organization(s)/ Institution(s)/Individual(s) shall also be exempted from the levy of entry tax on the submission of the certificate by such Non-governmental Organization(s)/Institution(s) to the effect that the goods are meant purely for relief and rehabilitation of the persons and the families affected by the unprecedented floods in J&K. However, in case of individual(s) sending the relief material, the said certificate should expressly mention the name of the identified consignee receiving such goods”.