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Luxury tax (amendment) bill passed amid dissent


PRATHAM DWIVEDI | New Delhi, June 6, 2012 21:43
Tags : BJP | Sheila Dikshit | Congress | Delhi Government | luxury tax V K Malhotra |


The Delhi Tax on Luxuries (Amendment) Bill, 2012 was passed in Delhi Assembly on Wednesday amid walkout from the opposition protesting the passage of the bill.
With the passing of the bill, use of banquet halls, gymnasiums, health clubs and spas in Delhi will now come under the purview of the luxury tax.
During discussion over the bill, Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra said the Chief Minister has changed the definition of luxury, going in a gymnasiums and using banquet hall for marriages is not luxury.
Suggesting imposition of tax on liquor, he said that his party completely oppose the bill as it is an anti people bill which should be withdrawn.
Another BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi said, “It is laughable to say that chair, Shamiyana, tents and other items in banquet halls are luxury, today poor have banquet hall as only option for marriage functions.”
Opposing the move to bring hotel rooms costing more than Rs. 750 under the purview of luxury tax, Mukhi said Rs. 750 for a room is not a luxury, it's a need as people who come for business or for exam and stay here for a day, they can't find a room for less than Rs. 750 in Delhi.
“This bill is brought in haste, we oppose the bill and request you that if you can't take it back send it to the select committee,” he added.
The Chief Minister, on the other hand, defended the decision by saying that it is being done to fund schemes introduced by the government for poor.
“MP, Haryana, Panjab, Karnataka and Maharashtra all these states have 10 to 20 percent tax on gymnasiums, spas and banquet halls, we have done it to collect funds from those who can afford these facilities. We haven't done it to deprive poor form it but to help them through the funds collected by this,” she said.
The bill was later passed by the voice vote.
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