Jharkhand to impose toll tax on trucks carrying minerals
Heavy vehicles carrying minerals from various mining zones of Jharkhand will now have to pay toll tax, according to a decision taken by the state cabinet on Tuesday.
The state cabinet also gave its nod to set up e-FIR police stations in 22 out of 24 districts to make it convenient for people to file police complaints. State cabinet coordination department secretary Vandana Dadel said modalities of their operations were being worked out.
On the levy of toll tax on vehicles carrying minerals, she said the state government was expecting to raise about Rs 700 crore revenue annually. “Rates of toll taxes differ from place to place. These were approved by the cabinet on Tuesday. The road construction department will set up earmarked points for collection of toll on select roads,” she said.
About e-FIR police stations, Dadel said, “E-FIR police stations will come up in 22 districts except Khunti and Ramgarh. People can file e-FIRs in cases where the identity of the accused is unknown without having the need to come to police stations.”
A total of 17 proposals were taken up by the state cabinet on Tuesday.
The cabinet sanctioned Rs 80.75 crore to Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Authority (JREDA) for implementation of the Union government’s solar city project.
“In the first phase, Giridih district will be developed as solar city. As per the Center’s guidelines, households having annual income less than Rs 3 lakh will be given 100 per cent subsidy for installing rooftop solar power systems. Households with incomes of more than Rs 3 lakhs will be given 70 per cent subsidy of which the Centre and state’s shares will be 40 and 30 per cent respectively,” she said.