Punjab to levy cow cess

Punjab local bodies minister and Amritsar BJP MLA Anil Joshi ratified a landmark decision by civic councils and corporations to introduce cow cess on nine items in the state, including purchase of cars and two wheelers. Approved in 2014, the cess was yet to be implemented in all 154 municipal councils and 10 corporations in the state. The government has asked 33 councils and corporations, barring Amrtisar, to issue a public notification regarding the imposition of cess by May 25. “This money will be used for welfare and feed purchase for cattle,“ Joshi said.

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