Anurag Thakur keeps interests of Himachal: Sanjay Sharma
Author(s): Arvind SharmaUnion Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur. (file photo) Dharamshala, September 21, 2019: “The move of the Union Finance Ministry is going to boost the tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh....
Dharamshala, September 21, 2019: “The move of the Union Finance Ministry is going to boost the tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh. Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur has kept the interest of players of tourism industry of home state”, said Sanjay Sharma, Director, HPCA and BJP leader in Dharamshala on Saturday.
Sharma said that Thakur has already turned Dharamshala an all-weather destination by brining cricket stadium to this hill town, which has not only generated employment to many but has given this hamlet an international exposure.
“Now the move of the Union Ministry has indicated that interest of this state has been ensured. As per new amendments, there will be zero tax on hotel room rate up to Rs.1000. This is going to benefit small players of this region”, said Sharma.
Moreover, now there will be 12% tax on hotel room rate rupees 1001 to 7500 (earlier it was 18%) and further there will be 18% tax on hotel room rate rupees 7501 and above (earlier it was 28%), he added.
“The tax on outdoor catering has been reduced to 5 % from 18%”, said Sanjay Sharma. He congratulated the tourism players of Himachal.
Sharma said that Modi government has already given visa on arrival for nearly 50 foreign nations and e-visa for 166 foreign nations, new airports, better highway connectivity, uniform and lower GST rates, UDAAN scheme and further less corporate tax is definitely going to boost tourism in small hill states like Himachal Pradesh.
He further added that contribution of MoS Anurag Thakur to Himachal Pradesh is evident to everyone. “Every sector from eateries to transporters has been benefited due to the vision of Anurag Thakur who had aimed to bring Dharamshala an international capital for sports”, he added.