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Parliamentary panel questions service tax exemption for Haj PTOs

The standing committee on social justice and empowerment has in its 39th report suggested the government to consider imposition of the tax on the PTOs and also make the operators share details of their annual turnover.

Parliamentary panel questions service tax exemption for Haj PTOs
A Parliamentary panel has questioned exemption given to Haj private tour operators (PTOs) from paying service tax.

The standing committee on social justice and empowerment has in its 39th report suggested the government to consider imposition of the tax on the PTOs and also make the operators share details of their annual turnover.

The panel also wondered why 183 of the total 484 PTOs in the country were registered from Maharashtra alone, suggesting it created "monopoly" of the operators from the state.

On the other hand, it pointed out, Jharkhand has only one PTO with a quota of 50 seats. "The committee does not understand why these PTOs are exempted from paying service tax," the panel, headed by Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bais, has said in its report.
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