The BJP-led Rajasthan government introduced cow protection surcharge in April last year, making it mandatory for people to pay for cow protection by imposing a surcharge at the rate of 10% on stamp duty.
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has increased the cow protection surcharge to 20% from the current rate of 10% on stamp duty paid at the time of registry of houses in the state. The state government plans to use this money to arrange for feeder for cows in cow shelters in Rajasthan.
The BJP-led Rajasthan government introduced cow protection surcharge in April last year, making it mandatory for people to pay for cow protection by imposing a surcharge at the rate of 10% on stamp duty. This ‘cow protection’ surcharge was payable on top of the existing stamp duty rates (non-judicial stamps) when people prepare rent agreements, mortgage papers and lease agreements in Rajasthan.
Sources said that the surcharge has now been increased to 20%.
The finance department had sent a proposal to the cabinet for the increase in cow protection surcharge which was approved. The department then issued a circular to this effect.
According to the order circulated by the state government’s finance department, the surcharge is for “the purposes of conservation and propagation of cow and its progeny.”
The government is also planning to impose a cess on liquor also as the donations being received for cow proection is not enough to pay for their shelter and food. The amount of cess will depend on how much money the directorate of Gopalan – a body constituted for the exclusive purpose of cow protection – wants to collect.