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Hyderabad, April 15

SALT traders in the twin cities have opposed the inclusion of salt in the value-added tax (VAT) net. They argued that this would have an adverse impact on the poor.

Criticising the Government move, Mr H.D. Karwa, President of the Twin Cities Salt Packets Suppliers' Association, said it was a paradox that the Congress Government chose to tax salt on one hand, while re-enacting the historic Dandi march on the other.

"The mistake of the British Government to tax salt had attracted the wrath of Mahatma Gandhi who launched the historic march on April 6, 1930, against the anti-people tax," he said.

In a memorandum submitted to Mr Konathala Ramakrishna, Minister for Commercial Taxes, he said there was no sales tax or any other tax on salt till the VAT regime came into force from April 1.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 16, 2005)
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