Relief for traders affected in Jat stir

Pegged at Rs 88,781 crore, the total budget estimate proposed is 28.4 per cent more than the estimate of financial year 2015-16.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Updated: March 22, 2016 2:52 am
Police personnel stand guard in Rohtak where thousands of shops and private properties of the non-Jats were targetted by Jat protesters during their agitation for reservation, in Rohtak on Monday. (Source: PTI) Police personnel stand guard in Rohtak where thousands of shops and private properties of the non-Jats were targetted by Jat protesters during their agitation for reservation, in Rohtak on Monday. (Source: PTI)

THE HARYANA government imposed no new taxes and offered relief to traders affected in the Jat quota agitation in its Budget for 2016-17 tabled in the Assembly Monday. It also hiked allocations to key sectors to boost infrastructure and jobs.

Pegged at Rs 88,781 crore, the total budget estimate proposed is 28.4 per cent more than the estimate of financial year 2015-16.

Presenting the Budget in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu said relief will be granted in respect of tax, interest, penalty and other dues to registered dealers whose goods were lost or destroyed in violence during the Jat agitation in February.

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Outlining the major challenges for the state, he said the state was committed to “unravel the conspiracy behind the violence (during Jat agitation) and punish the guilty”.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal described the Budget 2016-17 as growth-oriented, aimed at benefiting all sections of society.

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