J&K bans manufacture,sale,stocking,import & transport of tobacco products

The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced total ban on import, manufacturing, transportation, stocking and sale of chewable tobacco and products like pan masala, gutka, khaini etc, increased rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) on cigarettes and related products from next financial year. 

This was announced by the State Minister for Finance A.R. Rather while presenting budget in the State Legislative Assembly for 2013-14 at Jammu.

Mr Rather also proposed remuneration of Rs 2000 per month to all Sarpanchs and Rs 300 per sitting subject to a monthly ceiling of Rs 600 per month to all Panchs across the State. The revision of wages of daily rated workers from Rs 125 per day to Rs 150 per day was also proposed.
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