Jungle Raj! Bihar imposes tax on samosas, kachoris and namkeens

Nitish Kumar government clears proposal to impose 13.5% tax on luxury items such as sweets, namkin and mosquito repellent among others

Patna: The Nitish Kumar government yesterday decided to impose 13.5 per cent tax on luxury items, including on sweets priced more than Rs 500 a kg and mosquito repellent among others to mop up additional revenue for carrying development work. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Briefing about cabinet decisions, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination Department, Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters that 13.5 per cent tax would be imposed on sweets priced more than Rs 500 a kg. He said the tax would be levied on salty items like samosa, kachauri and branded namkin among others.

Sale of all kind of UPS would attract 13.5 per cent tax, Mehrotra said, adding, similar rate of tax would be imposed on auto parts and battery parts. Other items classified under the luxury category are sand, cosmetic items and perfumes, among others.

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