Mumbai: Maharashtra Cabinet has approved 100% waiver in Motor Vehicle Tax for the period between April 1 and September 30 (50 per cent of the total annual tax for the financial year 2020-2021) for public and goods transport operators influenced by the lockdown since of coronavirus pandemic. The state cabinet gave its approval at its assembly on Wednesday.

Minister of Transport Anil Parab said the government’s decision will benefit 11,40,000 transport operators. He said, “The Government will need to bear the financial burden of Rs 700 crore. The cabinet affirmed it as there was a request from transporters to defer the tax as they are finding it troublesome to do business amid the lockdown.’’ The tax exemption will be appropriate to cargo vehicles, tourist vehicles, excavators, private service vehicles, commercial vehicles, school buses, and other yearly tax-paying vehicles.

Due to the lockdown, the demand for milk produced in the state has come down radically, making a situation of surplus milk in the state which has driven to lower milk costs for farmers. The Government had executed a conversion of 10 lakh liter per day milk into power from April 6 to July 31, 2020. About 4421 MT of milk powder and 2320 MT of domestic cooking butter have been produced. In any case, as the dairy industry in the state has not yet stabilized, the plot has been affirmed for a period of 2 months from 1st September 2020 to 31st October 2020. The government will give Rs 198.30 crore for this scheme.

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In the meantime, the state cabinet has cleared a special package of Rs 58.5 crore for the fishing community hit troublesome due to Covid-19 emergency and lockdown. This was taught by the Minister of Ports and Fisheries Aslam Shaikh. Under the Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Ahar Yojana of the Tribal Development Department, the milk powder is given to 6.51 lakh children and to 1.21 lakh pregnant and lactating moms. It was also decided that it would be made accessible through the Dairy Development Department for the year.