Jammu, Jan 8: The State Taxes Department, J&K has issued notices to various business houses for depositing tax penalties under GST.
According to a spokesman of the State Taxes Department, the notices have been issued as a part of the intensified drive launched by the Department on the directions of Commissioner, State Taxes, PK Bhat to ensure tax compliance and non-evasion of GST revenue.
Giving details, the spokesman said that notice under Section-74 of the JKSGST Act has been issued to Addison Resort (Punjabi Haveli) National Highway, Suketar, for depositing tax and penalty of Rs 27,04,853. “Proceedingswere initiated as the business establishment has failed to deposit the amount after it was noticed that it had willfully short-paid the tax for the period from July, 2017 to March, 2018,” he said.
Meanwhile, the State Taxes Department, Jammu also inspected Neeru Hardware at Bhaderwah and detected huge tax evasion worth Rs 39 lacs. “As per the sale records seized from the business establishment, the total sales from July 2017 to December 2018 were approximately of Rs 2.29 crores,” he said and added that the business establishment has not complied with the GST provisions and notice under Section 76 has been issued for depositing the tax amount and penalty worth Rs 39 lacs thereof.
He said the State Tax Department has also started confiscation proceedings of vehicle No: JK02AP-8660 alongwith the textile/made-up items which were seized/detained during a routine check at Jammu. “Confiscation proceedings have been initiated in view of failure of the owner of the vehicle and the commodities in depositing the tax amount and the penalty as provided under the GST law,” he said and added that as per the proceedings initiated, the owner has been directed to deposit an amount of Rs 12,24,000/- in lieu of confiscation.
The spokesman said that the State Taxes Department has also issued notice under Section 76 to IBK Foods and Hospitalities Private Limited (Smokin Joes) demanding deposition of an amount of Rs18,44,440 for not complying with the provisions of the GST law from July 2017 till date. “Meanwhile, another notice under Section 76 has been issued by the State Tax Department to Vardaan Security and Facilitation Private Limited under Section 76 of the J&K SGST Act calling for deposition of an amount of Rs 37,04,818for not complying with the provisions of the GST Law from July 2017 to March 2018,” he said.
The spokesman said that on specific information the State Taxes Department, Jammu inspected a godown belonging to Hari Enterprises at Channi Himmat, Jammu. “On inspection it was found that the godown was not registered under relevant provisions of the law and undeclared commodities worth Rs 13 lacs were found available at site,” he said and added that proceedings under relevant provision of law have been initiated for deposition of tax and penalty by the concerned.
“On the basis of specific input, the State Taxes Department, Jammu detained a vehicle bearing Registration No: JK03C-7411 carrying and transporting goods on behalf of PV Chandra Trading Agency. During physical check of the vehicle it was found that the vehicle was carrying 28,038 meters of textile whereas same was declared as 15,662 meters only in the invoice. Acting as per the provisions of the GST law, a tax and penalty of Rs 2,22,168 was recovered from the erring dealer on spot,” he said and added that the Tax Department also realised Rs 4,41,000 from the casual blanket sellers who were inspected by the department few days back. “Blanket sellers have now applied for registration under Casual Scheme of GST Law,” he said.
He said the State Taxes Department, Udhampur on the basis of specific input detained vehicle bearing Registration No: JK05C-5027 and put it to physical check. “An amount of Rs 6,12, 044 was recovered from the owner for transporting textiles which were grossly undervalued for evasion of tax,” he said.
At Kathua, he said, the State Taxes Department on specific input inspected 2 vehicles bearing Registration Nos. JK05B-0477 & JK01J-2032. The vehicles were put to physical check by the State Taxes Department. Tax and penalty amounted of Rs 10 lacs approximately was recovered from the erring dealer on spot for indulging in gross violation under declaration of the value of the commodities being transported.
In another case, the State Tax Department, Jammu recovered an amount of Rs 5,88,000from the transporter of the goods for under and wrong declaration of goods as the owner of the goods does not came forward. “The goods seized were high value copper scrap attracting tax rate of 18%,” he said.
The State Taxes Officers of Jammu Circles, on the basis of specific input seized jackets worth Rs 6,75,250at Teli Basti Bari-Brahmana and proceedings under relevant provisions of the GST law are being initiated against the seller. “The information received by the department was that high value jackets are being sold in causal manner without adhering the GST law and thus causing huge loss to the State exchequer and also causing loss of genuine traders,” he said.
The spokesman said that the Kashmir Tyres, Narwal, Jammu inspected some days back by the State Taxes Department, Jammu who was found conducting business activities without having proper registration, has deposited an amount of Rs 8 lacs as tax and penalty. Business establishment has now got registered under the GST law.
M/s Gogi Motors, Narwal, Jammu who was also inspected by the State Taxes Department, Jammu has deposited an amount of Rs. 20 lacs as tax. M/s KN Enterprises, Narwal, Jammu has deposited an amount of Rs. 3.50 lacs as tax and penalty on undeclared items found during inspection of his premises.
The State Taxes Department, Jammu has also issued notice under Section 74 to M/s JagdambaTyre House for deposition of tax and penalty amounting of Rs 2 crores 14 lacs. The concerned business establishment was found having an undeclared turnover of Rs. 3 crores 85 lacs from April, 2018 to October, 2018.
He said the team of State Tax Officers who conducted the inspections include Mohit Raina, Mohammad Riyaz, Neeraj Sharma, Arvind Sawhney, Abdul Rehman, Anissa Nabi, Ajit Kumar, Kuldip Jandial, Javed Iqbal, Saba Noor, Ramneek Singh and Inspectors of the Department.
New party in the offing: Faesal wants public money for ‘clean politics’
Srinagar, Jan 23: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal Wednesday launched a crowd-funding campaign for “clean politics and corruption-free administration” in Jammu and Kashmir hinting towards his plans to float his own political party.
The 2010-batch topper of the UPSC civil services exam said it was a “people’s movement for change”.
“Be a part of this journey for clean politics and corruption-free administration in J&K. Support Shah Faesal with your small donations,” he tweeted.
Faesal, who resigned from government service earlier this month, gave a bank account number for contributions and said payments could also be made through e-wallet.
Taking to a social networking site Facebook, Faesal wrote: “I had never imagined that my small act of defiance to highlight political deadlock in Jammu and Kashmir would evoke such a response across the world.”
He added that he had never thought that his “dream of clean politics and corruption-free administration” in J&K would take the shape of a “public movement”. “Respecting the public sentiment, I have decided to chart my independent political journey. And now in this new phase of public service, my mission is to support the true cause of humanity, stand up for the poor, marginalized and dispossessed and speak up for injustices, wherever in this world, irrespective of caste, colour, region, and religion,” he wrote.
Faesal said he imagined a politics where youth can “lead the change and take charge of their future”.“I wish to partner with a new generation of young leaders who can stand up for human rights, environment, free speech and rule of law. My idea is to seek help from the people of India, build alliances with the Indian civil society and intellectual class to humanize the narrative around Kashmir conflict so that lasting peace can be achieved in J&K State.”
He added that his “mission” was to “truthfully represent aspirations, culture, fears, and dreams” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, across the world.“I wish to facilitate dialogue between people of various regions of the State – Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Pir Panchal, and Chenab Valley so that an environment of amity and brotherhood can be built. I believe that development and dignity must go together, and we have to work together for giving a sense of security, better education, healthcare, livelihoods, electricity and other civic amenities to people of J&K State.”
“This is a people’s movement and it will be funded by the people. People are the only agencies who will help this succeed. Believe in me, be patient with me in this long and difficult journey and donate for this cause,” he wrote.
Earlier Faesal had resigned dubbing it as protest against “unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of J&K and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hypernationalism”.
While he has made it clear that he would like to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Faesal has not joined any political party so far. Speculation is rife that he might float a new political outfit.
Priyanka Gandhi debuts in active politics: Mehbooba dubs her ‘X factor of 2019 polls’
New Delhi, Jan 23: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has finally taken the plunge into politics, just months ahead of the national election due by May.
Often dubbed the “Brahmastra” or the mythical ultimate weapon of the Congress, Priyanka will debut as the party’s general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, which pitches her against the ruling BJP’s top two mascots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi–whose constituency Varanasi will be in her share–and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya for just two months. I have sent them to take the Congress’ ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters.
Among many noted personalities congratulating Priyanka was former J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who tweeted: “Welcome Priyanka Gandhi to the rough and tumble of politics. She brings with her the grace of Gandhi Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm. Wish her the best. Could she become the Xfactor of 2019 poll battle?”
47-year-old Priyanka, who reminds many of her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for both her charisma and the stunning likeness, is seen as a natural in politics but she has confined herself to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi–Amethi and Raebareli–till now.
In national and state elections since 2004, the mother-of-two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Reports say her appointment to a key position reflects the Congress’s realisation that in a politically vital state like Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 parliamentary seats and is considered the route to power at the centre, the party needs to up its game and cannot afford just one in-charge. It is a huge gamble for the Congress, a sign that the party is all for aggressively taking on PM Modi and the BJP in the coming election.
The Congress dropped the Priyanka bombshell in the third para of a press statement that also announced that Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in charge of western UP. The giant announcement came as Rahul Gandhi began a two-day visit to Amethi. Priyanka Gandhi is in New York and is expected to return on February 1.
Congress leaders say Priyanka Gandhi’s arrival in party politics will galvanise the ranks that have been demoralised by the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav move to form an alliance in UP for the national election without the Congress, which has been pitching for a grand opposition alliance to take on the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi commented that the BJP was “panicking”.
The ruling party has been repeatedly targeting Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, a businessman being investigated for allegedly corrupt land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. Robert Vadra congratulated his wife in a Facebook post: “Congratulations P… always by your side in every phase of your life.”
In national and state elections since 2004, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has campaigned in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Priyanka Gandhi was always active in decision-making and played a key role in the alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh election. She also reportedly oversaw the party meeting in which her older brother was crowned Congress president.
The BJP shrugged off the Congress announcement. “Rahul Gandhi failed so they need Priyanka as a crutch. Can’t they find anyone beyond that family?” sneered BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Srinagar-Jammu Highway still closed
Jammu, Jan 23: A massive snow-clearance operation was underway to restore the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar Highway which remained closed for vehicular traffic for the third consecutive day Wednesday, officials said.
The snow clearance operation on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel–the gateway to Kashmir–was started and the snow-clearance operation is going on in full swing, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic Highway, Pardeep Singh Sen.
An avalanche had also struck the Jawahar Tunnel area on Tuesday, blocking both tubes on Qazigund side.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the Jawahar tunnel stretch of the highway, pressed its men and machines to clear the road of the accumulated snow on Tuesday, Sen said.
“We are expecting the highway to be open for traffic by late afternoon. However, only the stranded vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway once we get the green signal,” he said.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, are stranded at various places along the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said.
They said the road from Banihal, which recorded over two and a half feet of snow, to Jawahar tunnel was also being cleared, while the Banihal-Ramban stretch is almost clear after agencies concerned removed minor landslides and stones which came down at different places due to incessant rains.
After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department said that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.