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Haryana launches new scheme for transporters
Under the National Permit Scheme, transporters will enable hassle-free movement of cargo across the country through a one time annual deposit.

Chandigarh: In a major initiative, the Haryana government has launched a National Permit Scheme for transporters to ensure a hassle-free movement of cargos across the country.

According to the Haryana Transport Department, the permit, which will be valid for a year, can be obtained by transporters for Rs 15,000. Earlier, truck operators had to pay Rs 5,000 while entering any state to operate there. Of the total amount, truckers paid Rs 3,500 as goods tax and Rs 1,500 as road tax.

“The national permit will help operators to move across the country, which was earlier not the case. Earlier, if they had to enter any state they had to obtain a permit at the border post of the state concerned which led to a wait of several days. The operator had to pay Rs 5,000 in each state,” said a senior official of the Transport Department.

“Now, by paying a composite fee of Rs 15,000 transporters can ply to any part of the country. Under the new scheme a truck operator would have to obtain a challan from the State Bank of India for Rs 15,000 and produce it at the Regional Transport Office to get the permit,” he added.

The Transport Ministry has also completed the process of opening of a national permit account at the SBI with the approval of Controller General of Accounts to facilitate collection of such consolidated fee and subsequent distribution.

According to sources, the Centre has agreed to compensate the state if they suffer any monetary loss by adopting the new scheme. The revenue generated by the state for issuing permits to trucks is estimated around Rs 232 crore.

“It will be divided among the states according to their share in the transport. Haryana has a share of 6.7 per cent of goods transport and the Centre will pay this amount to Haryana,” the sources added.

To check the payment of consolidated fee and subsequent devolution of funds with the SBI, a statement shall be sent to the Haryana Transport Commissioner, who in turn will consolidate the date in respect of all national permit issuing authorities in the state and send the same to the Transport Ministry on a weekly basis.

 

Source: iGovernment