Monday, March 25, 2013

Slash tax on ATF to get more fliers: Ajit Singh

Ranchi: The Union civil aviation minister on Sunday asked the Jharkhand government to revisit its policy on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) which is highly taxed in the state. In Chhattisgarh, revenue collection and air traffic have gone up five times only because the state cut sales tax on ATF by 5%, Ajit Singh said while inaugurating the world-class integrated terminal building at Birsa Munda Airport here.
Jharkhand levies 20% sales tax on ATF which is extremely higher as compared to other states. A few states in the country charge less than 10% fuel surcharge on ATF. Maharashtra, Odisha and some other states have already shown their willingness to reduce the fuel surcharge. "It is the prerogative of the state government and I think that the government should consider a change," added the minister.
25/03/13 Alok KN Mishra/Times of India