In a major relief to the transport sector, the Maharashtra State Government, on Wednesday, has waived off the annual road tax payable by all transporters and commercial vehicle owners for a period of six months. The government has notified to exempt the tax for commercial and goods vehicle in the state. As per the notification, the State Government will bear the tax for commercial and goods transport vehicles for the period of 1st April to 30th September.
The decision has been made in light of the losses incurred by the commercial vehicles and goods carriers, due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
The apex umbrella body of transporters All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), in a statement, said that with persistent video conferences and personal meetings, representations and follow ups of Team AIMTC with Mr Anil Parab, Minister of Transport, Govt of Maharashtra and Mr Satej D. Patil, Member of the State Legislative Council (MLC) & Minister of State for Home (Urban), Housing, Transport, Information Technology, Parliamentary Affairs & Ex. Servicemen Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra positive results have finally come forth for the greater good of the transport sector.
The statement further said that the move will benefit the Transport fraternity, having more than 11.41 lakh commercial and goods vehicles registered in the State, and the benefit will be to the tune of INR 700cr. It will especially benefit the transporters who are facing unprecedented challenges on account of the pandemic and was in much need of relief for sustenance.
“We at AIMTC had been continuously in touch with the state government from the past two months. We really appreciate that the government has made efforts in this direction. This step taken by the government will bring a sigh of relief for the transporters industry which is still on the path of recovery, especially for the smaller players this will be a big relief. It is appreciable that the government has provided relief to the industry at a time when even they are facing the heat and burns of the pandemic.”Mr Chirag Katira, General Secretary, AIMTC Maharashtra Region
He also informs that the Maharashtra state government has come up with a new concept of “Shiv thali”, where drivers can eat as much food as they want in just INR 10. He says, it has been helping over one crore drivers.
AIMTC in statement while thanking the Maharashtra government said, “The road transport fraternity of India and Maharashtra in particular thank 𝐇𝐨𝐧’𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐢 𝐔𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐚𝐯 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐲 𝐉𝐢, 𝐇𝐨𝐧’𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐢 𝐀𝐧𝐢𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐛 and Special Thanks to Minister of State for Transport 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐢 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐣 (𝐁𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲) 𝐃. 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐥 for their kind gesture to help the transport fraternity in distress. It is indeed exemplary and praiseworthy.”