13 coal handling firms directed to pay cess

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NT NETWORK

Panaji

A total of 13 companies of the total 19 firms involved in handling and transporting coke/coal into the state at Mormugao Port Trust have been issued demand notices for not paying cess dues of last four years.

According to the data available with the transport department, which is the assessing authority, the department has served demand notices on 13 firms asking them to pay dues of Rs 196 crore while assessment of remaining six companies is at various stages.

The notices have been served under Rural Improvement and Cess Act, 2000 and Goa Rural Improvement and welfare Cess Rules, 2001.

In the demand notices, issued by the Assistant Director of Transport after assessing the dues, he has asked the firms to pay

the cess due to the state within 15 days or face fine including imprisonment of two years.

The cess due to the government from the period 2014 to July 2018 includes the highest cess due of Rs 156 crore from JSW Steel, Rs 12.66 crore from JSW Energy, Rs 11.68 crore from Sesa followed by Rs 10.48 crore from BMM Espat, Rs 7.15 crore from Adani, Rs 3.01 crore from Vedanta, while West Coast Paper Mills has to pay Rs 2.62 crore to the government, Shradha Ispat must pay Rs 1.72 crore, Ultra Tech Rs 1.08 crore, Grasim Industries Rs 23.50 lakh, Aggarwal Coal Company has dues of Rs 12.77 lakh, MS Metal Rs 2.50 lakh and Satvahan Ispat Ltd Rs 4.30 lakh. 

Show cause notices have been issued to Gujrat NRE for not paying dues of Rs 74.16 lakh and to Sandur Managanese and Iron Ore for not paying Rs 34.49 lakh. Other firms that have been issued show cause notices for not paying the dues include Trafigura India Pvt Ltd (Rs 17.57 lakh), Shiv Sakti (Rs 17.50 lakh), Pratik Alloy Ltd (Rs 6.23 lakh) and Krishija Ispat (Rs 50,000).

The figures indicate that a total of 42.91 million metric tonne of coal was imported during the period from 2014 to July 2018 for which the cess liability at the rate of Rs 50 per metric tonne was Rs 214.74 crore of which Rs 6 crore has been paid by the companies to the government till date and Rs 208 crore is still due.