Prior to Mamata’s visit, government announces huge exemption for the tea industry

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Ahead of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to North Bengal, the state government announced an extension on the agro-income tax exemption from the tea industry. State Minister for Finance Chandrima Bhattacharya said this in the form of a proposal while passing the Finance Appropriation (Amendment) Bill on Friday. The Chief Minister may go on a three-day visit to North Bengal on next Sunday. She will leave Kolkata on Sunday. Spending the day in Siliguri she will leave for Darjeeling on the next day. She can attend official functions as well as meet with representatives of various political parties there. Prior to her visit, the finance ministry’s discounts are huge for the tea industry.

Chandrima said, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has waived the agricultural income tax on tea gardens since 2018. Now that term is extended for another year. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced to give income tax exemption on the production of agricultural products in the entire state. But the tea industry did not have this system. New decision was taken from 2018. So now the list includes the tea industry.” She further claimed that as a result of this decision, the revenue loss of the state government would be 9 to 10 crore rupees. However, this step has been taken keeping in mind about the tea garden workers in general.

While making this announcement, she taunted the opposition in the assembly. Chandrima said, “Opposition MLAs from North Bengal have often made various demands. They have even demanded partition of Bengal. But they were not found during any actual work. We do not get any demands from them in this regard.”

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