Govt waives land tax for quake-hit

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 5, 2015-

The government on Friday decided to waive millions of rupees in land tax for the earthquake-affected families for two constitutive years.

Earthquake survivors and affected people from 37 districts whose number could surpass 800,000 will benefit from the move.

The Cabinet also decided to give approval for class 10 students from the quake-hit districts to change schools as per their convenience. Until now, students up to the ninth grade were allowed to change school as the nationwide School Leaving Certificate examination is held in the end of the tenth grade.

Minister for General Administration Lal Babu Pandit said the meeting also approved guidelines for tax waiver in goods donated as relief materials. The Cabinet allowed the Salt Trading Corporation and National Trading Limited to import zinc roofing sheets.

Private firms can buy the sheets from these public service utilities. To streamline the import and sale of corrugated iron sheets amid fears of anomalies in the market due to the unprecedented demand, the Cabinet formed a three-member panel to set the guidelines. The entities have been exempted from duty on the import of CGI sheets.

The meeting approved 233 fresh positions for the National Trauma Centre built close to Bir Hospital.

Published: 06-06-2015 10:17

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