*CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announces Delhi Government's Electric Vehicle Policy*
*Pollution-free and sustainable development at the heart of Delhi Model: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
*The EV policy aims to boost Delhi's economy, reduce pollution levels, and generate employment in the transportation sector: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
*Electric vehicles to contribute to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
*This EV Policy will make Delhi a world leader in the field of electric vehicles in the next five years; this is one of the most progressive EV policies in the world: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
New Delhi: *7th August 2020*The Delhi government on Friday launched the ambitious Electric Vehicle Policy which aims to boost Delhi's economy, reduce pollution levels in the city, and generate employment in the transportation sector. While announcing the launch of the policy, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that this EV Policy will make Delhi a world leader in the field of electric vehicles and this is one of the most progressive EV policies in the world. CM said that pollution-free and sustainable development is at the heart of Delhi Model of development. The CM also announced various incentives for the people to promote the purchase of the electric vehicles in Delhi.
Addressing a digital conference on Friday, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "After working hard in the last 2-3 years and holding discussions with consumers and experts, we have prepared the electric vehicle policy in Delhi. The policy has been notified today in the morning. China is being considered in the first position when discussions on electric vehicles are held across the world. It is believed that China has a really good system in place when it comes to electric vehicles. I am sure that when discussions on electric vehicles will be held across the world after five years, Delhi will be leading the way in this field. I am happy to say that this policy is not only the most progressive of its kind in the country but, it is also considered as one of the most progressive policies of all the electric policies across the world."
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that there are two objectives behind launching the EV Policy. The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in the economic systems of all nations across the world. He said, "In the last few days, the Delhi government has taken various measures to kickstart the economy of Delhi, we launched the Rozgaar website, we reduced the rates of diesel, we allowed street vendors to start operating and many other measures. Second, the EV policy will reduce pollution. In the last five years, the people of Delhi have collectively worked together to reduce pollution levels by 25%, but we have to reduce it further. During the pandemic, we saw that PM10 and PM2.5 levels witnessed a drastic reduction. We could see the clear skies and feel the clean breeze."
"Now when we are opening the economy, and moving towards a normal life, we do not need a kind of development where there is only and only pollution. Let us come together and build a Delhi of the future, which is a Delhi with clean air, where we can breathe clean and there is no pollution, which is sustainable, and this EV Policy will work in the same direction of reducing pollution levels, boost the economy of Delhi, and create jobs for the people," he added.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "We have held several discussions on the policy in the last 2.5 years. This policy has not been created by any officer or a politician in their air-conditioned cabins. You all are witnesses to this, we have held consultations, we called experts from all across the country, we studied the electric vehicle policies of the nations from all over the globe, and we took out all the good points from the policies and used it in the creation of our policy. But there may be some lags in the policy as nothing is perfect. This policy shows the intent of the Delhi government, that we want to go in a better direction. Right now, this policy is for three years, after which it will be reviewed. If required, we will reframe and change this policy from time to time."
While talking about the specific milestones of the policy, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the aim of the Delhi government is that electric vehicles shall contribute to 25% of the newly registered vehicles across Delhi by the year 2024. "Today, this percentage is only 0.2%, and we want to take it to 25%," said the CM.
Apart from this, jobs will be created at a huge level in the field of driving, servicing, financing, charging, etc, new kinds of jobs will be created. He said, "If we have to promote electric vehicles, electric vehicles are quite costly today. The vehicles which emit pollutants are cheaper than electric vehicles, and because of their non-affordability, they are not purchased by the people and hence not promoted. The Delhi government will be giving financial incentives so that more and more people purchase electric vehicles."
Under the EV Policy, the Delhi government is providing a subsidy up to Rs 30,000 on the purchase of two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws, freight vehicles each, and Rs 1.5 lakh incentives on cars. There is a scheme named as FAME India Phase 2 scheme of the Central government, where major incentives and subsidies are available. The incentives announced by the Delhi govt are in addition to the incentives by the central government. The Delhi govt is also providing scrapping incentives. "Many people have polluting vehicles at their homes, which are petrol and diesel vehicles. In this case, the old vehicle can be exchanged while purchasing the new vehicle so that it reduces the cost of the new vehicle further. This scrapping incentive is being given for the first time in the entire country," said CM Arvind Kejriwal.
To purchase an electric commercial vehicle, the government will also offer loans to the people on low-interest rates. The registration fees and he road tax on the newly-registered vehicles will be waived off. There are two types of electric vehicles, one which runs on fixed charging and the second in which there is a need for battery swapping. The incentives will be available on all kinds of electric vehicles.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that one of the many reasons why people do not purchase electric vehicles is that petrol vehicles can be refilled from a nearby petrol pump, but there is no such facility for electric vehicles if it runs out of power. "If you are driving an electric vehicle and the charging gets over, where will you go? Keeping this in mind, a huge network of charging stations will be created in Delhi, and our target is to create 200 charging stations in the next one year in Delhi. Our aim is to create a charging station every 3 km," he added.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also said that this is a new technology and a new skill-set, which is why the Delhi govt aims to provide training to young professionals so that they are able to land more and more jobs in the field of EV.
A State EV fund is also being set-up in Delhi, which will encompass all the expenditure of the EV Policy. A State Electric Vehicle Board will be constituted for effective implementation of the EV policy, and the chairman of the board will be Hon'ble Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gehlot. A dedicated EV Cell will also be constituted.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "We hope that at least 5 lakh electric vehicles in Delhi will be registered in the next five years. The Delhi model of development is being widely discussed across the world. The Delhi model of development created good schools and hospitals, 24-hour free electricity, and the Delhi Model has also been successful in controlling Corona to a great extent. In the coming days, the Electric Vehicle Model of Delhi will also be widely recognized and discussed. I am sure that after five years, whenever the electric vehicle model is discussed, Delhi will lead the way. I want to thank our Hon'ble Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gehlot Ji, who has worked very hard in the last 2.5 years along with our officials and members of the DDC, to make this comprehensive policy, and I hope that people will be hugely benefitted through this policy."
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*Delhi Govt sends notice to 5,584 companies under GSTR act 3A for not filing tax returns
*VAT notice sent to 36 companies for not filing tax returns
*Nine sectors including E-Commerce, insurance and financial services were not affected by the pandemic: Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia
*Around 935 companies under these sectors have paid ZERO tax & 2017 companies have paid 50% tax: Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia
*Delhi government will strictly scrutinise the reasons behind not filing tax returns by these companies from unaffected sectors: Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia
NEW DELHI,07.08.20-The Delhi government is working round the clock to increase the revenue which will help the government to perform various development works and also COVID works. In this regard, the Delhi government has reviewed tax collection of the last quarter. During the review process, it was found that 10800 companies registered under GST have either paid no tax or paid lesser tax to the Delhi government in the last quarter. The Delhi government has initiated action against these companies. The Delhi Government on Friday sent notices to 5,584 companies under GSTR act 3A for not filing tax returns and VAT notices to 36 companies for not filing tax returns.
Dy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia who also holds the portfolio of Delhi's Finance Minister observed that nine sectors such as Automobile, Electronics, E-Commerce, Insurance, Financial Services, Consulting, Pharmaceuticals, Security and Healthcare sectors were not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shri Sisodia wrote to the GST department that around 935 companies under these nine sectors have paid ZERO tax & 2017 companies have paid 50% tax. He also observed that the Delhi government will strictly scrutinise the reasons behind not filing tax returns by these companies from unaffected sectors.
Significantly, the government is also making a list of tax defaulters. Dy CM Shri Sisodia on Wednesday directed the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) to prepare a detailed study to improve the revenue base in Delhi.
*Delhi govt sent notices under GSTR 3A to 5584 companies and VAT notices under u/s 59 (2) act to 36 companies*
After studying the tax return filings of around 15,000 companies the Delhi government on Friday sent notices under GSTR 3A to 5584 companies and VAT notices under u/s 59 (2) act to 36 companies. While studying the situation the Dy CM noted that there are nine sectors which were unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic but there are various companies from these sectors who have paid ZERO tax or just 50% tax.
*Nine sectors including Automobile, Electronics, E-Commerce were not affected by pandemic: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
"In reference to the GST collection for FY 2020-21, I have analysed the data for the Quarter 1 collection. Cognizant that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected consumption, a deep dive analysis was conducted of those sectors whose consumption would likely be unaffected by the pandemic and the resultant lockdown. Some industries, like e-commerce, would have possibly grown in term of their sales. The sectors are: Automobile, Electronics, E-Commerce, Insurance, Financial Services, Consulting, Pharmaceuticals, Security and Healthcare," noted the Deputy CM.
*Delhi government will strictly scrutinise the reasons behind not filing tax returns by these companies from unaffected sectors: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
He further observed, "In view of this, enclosed is the list of 935 dealers who have paid 0 in Q1 2020-21 and 2017 dealers who have paid less than 50% of what they paid in the previous corresponding quarter (Q1 2019-20). Since the dealers’ sectors were probably unaffected, further scrutiny of their relatively piecemeal tax payment may be undertaken."
*Nearly 5000 taxpayers were analysed and the Delhi govt is making a list of tax defaulters*
In a bid to improve Delhi’s revenue deficit situation, the Trade & Taxes Department of Delhi government under the directions of Finance Minister & Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia has started analysing the return filing status of taxpayers registered under GST. This week, Shri Sisodia held a meeting with the officials of the department where it was presented that around 15000 taxpayers were analysed and nearly 970 taxpayers have not filed returns for 2020-21 from January to March. The Delhi government has also found that this year nearly 10800 companies paid lesser or zero tax from January to March. Taking cognizance of these findings the Delhi government has prepared a list of defaulters. Deputy CM Shri Sisodia has appealed all the companies to immediately deposit the taxes. He also said that the Delhi government will take stringent actions against the defaulters. The Delhi has till now evaluated 15,000 companies but in the future evaluation of 7 lakh companies registered under GST will be done. The Delhi government will take strict action against all the defaulters after the evaluation.
*This year from January-March the tax collection has been only Rs 3777 crores*
The analysis of the Delhi government has found that this year nearly 10800 companies paid lesser or zero tax from January to March and nearly 970 taxpayers belonging to both centre and state jurisdiction have not deposited any tax for the last two quarters. The Delhi government has received around Rs 2015 Crores lesser tax than that of the last year. In 2019 the Delhi government collected around Rs 5792 crores as tax returns but this year from January-March the tax collection has been only Rs 3777 crores.
*Delhi has started analysing the return filing status of taxpayers registered in GST*
The Delhi state Trade & Taxes Department has started analysing the return filing status of taxpayers registered in GST. Around 15000 taxpayers were analysed and it was seen that almost 970 taxpayers belonging to both Centre & State jurisdiction have not filed returns for Q4 2019-20 and Q1 2020-21. The extended time period granted for the filing of GST return for Q1 2020-21 got over in July 2020. The Delhi government is also identifying the taxpayers evading tax. The department has been able to recover Rs. 10 Crore from two such defaulting companies in the last one week. The department is also analysing the tax payment profile of such taxpayers along with their overall tax profile in the previous quarters.
*DDC to carry out a detailed study on measures to improve Delhi government’s revenue base*
Taking cognisance of the situation Shri Sisodia on Wednesday directed the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) to prepare a detailed study to improve the revenue base in Delhi. Shri Sisodia said that DDC should suggest short & long-term measures to improve the revenue base of Delhi. He also directed that the DDC should consult with leading experts of the field and relevant organisations working in public finance to carry out the study.
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*More than 9 lakh jobs available at the Delhi govt job portal (Jobs.delhi.gov.in) : Gopal Rai*
*3.5 lakh job posts were cancelled due to duplication and some posts were fake: Gopal Rai*
*- So far 6271 companies posted 22 lakh jobs on Delhi govt's online job portal- Gopal Rai*
*Delhi govt to launch poster campaign from next week to apprise people about the job portal and Rozgar Bazar: Gopal Rai*
NEW DELHI: August 7, 2020=Delhi government's Employment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Friday said that at the Delhi govt's Rozgar Bazar online job portal the number of job seekers is lesser than the number of jobs available. He said that right now more than 9 lakh jobs are available at the job portal and the number of applicants is 8.64 lakhs. He said that till date 22 lakh job posts were made by different employers at this Delhi govt job portal. Shri Rai said that 3.5 lakh such job posts were cancelled due to duplication and some posts were fake. He also said that till today 10 lakh vacancies were closed by the employers as they have received the required number of people and till date, there are 8.64 lakh job applicants who are still looking for jobs. He also said that Delhi govt to launch poster campaign from next week to apprise people about the job portal and Rozgar Bazar.
*Delhi govt's Rozgar Bazar has become a model to deal with employment sector in the time of COVID: Gopal Rai*
"Delhi is going through the COVID-19 pandemic and this has hit the employment sector. Many workers left the city due to lack of work and various industries are now facing the crunch of workers. At the same time, many people have lost their jobs. In a bid to generate more employment and to ensure the required number of workers to the employers, the Delhi government has launched a job portal under the leadership CM Arvind Kejriwal. To synchronize and match these two sides, the Delhi government has launched a job portal - 'jobs.delhi.gov.in', where employers can post jobs citing desired qualifications, designation, position, experience. This Rozgar Bazar has created a new model for the employment sector during the COVID pandemic. The Delhi government has already set up Delhi Model of fighting against the COVID pandemic and now the Rozgar Bazar has also become a model," said Shri Gopal Rai.
*Till date in the portal, nearly 22 lakh jobs were posted by different employers: Gopal Rai*
He said, "In the portal, nearly 22 lakh jobs were posted and now we have made a task force analyse these posts. We noticed that there is a duplication of posts and also fake job posts. After a thorough study, we have cancelled nearly 3.5 lakh such job posts. Some of these posts were duplicates and in the other cases when we reached out to the employers they could not give a proper answer about their job posts."
*Till today 10 lakh vacancies were closed by the employers as they have received the required number of people: Gopal Rai*
"Till today, nearly 10 lakh vacancies were closed by the employers which means they have received the required number of people. Till today nearly 9 lakh job vacancies are still open and the employers are looking for people," he said.
*Till date there are 8.64 lakh job applicants who are still looking for jobs: Gopal Rai*
Shri Gopal Rai said, "Till today 8.64 lakh job seekers have enrolled in this portal. This shows that the number of job seekers is lesser than the number of jobs available. Till today nearly 6,271 companies have posted their vacancies. Aditya Birla Group, Flipkart, HDFC bank, HDF life, Kotak Mahindra, Assam tea, Sangrilla Hotel, Reliance, G4s security, Amba embroidery, Amazon are the top companies who have posted job vacancies here." He also said that the most demanding job categories are, back-office job, data entry, customer support, teaching, telecaller, sales, marketing, business accountant, warehousing, lighting, admin, receptionist. HR, IT, hardware, networking and delivery.
"Nearly 12.57 lakh people had their first-time interaction regarding job through this portal: Gopal Rai*
"Nearly 12.57 lakh people had their first-time interaction regarding job through this portal. Today I want to appeal all the youth of Delhi to register here for the jobs. Here all the jobseekers of Delhi should enrol and upload their biodata to get jobs. We are aware of the fact that many construction workers will not have access to the internet. I will request all the youth of Delhi that if you know any such person then please come forward and help them. There are various private websites for jobs but this website is completely free. I want to inform every citizen that nobody will be needed to pay a single penny in this platform so if there is any person who asks for money here then do not give any money. Many vacancies are still there so more and more people should apply. From the next week, the Delhi government will launch a poster campaign to reach out to more people." said Employment Minister Shri Gopal Rai.