NEW DELHI: Coming down heavily on transporters and traders bringing undeclared items into Delhi from other states, the Delhi Government had so far collected Rs 3.2 crore as penalty from those violating the rule in the last three months. Officials stated that most of the trucks carrying undeclared goods were chiefly aimed at bypassing the VAT imposed by the state government.
As per the procedure laid down by the Delhi’s Department of Trade and Taxes, each goods-vehicle entering into the city must carry a self-declared Delhi Sugam-2 (DS-2) form describing the nature and value of the goods being carried, along with the vehicle details. Officials said that it is mandatory to furnish a DS-2 form as it helps in countering security-issues and also the VAT-evaders.
“Each vehicle carrying goods into Delhi must pay a stipulated amount as VAT to the state government. However, most of the traders here gets them (goods) illegally from adjacent states and sell them unofficially in the Delhi streets. To be precise, goods which are not under the purview of VAT can be deemed as illegal goods”, an officer from the Department of Trade said.
“We are imposing a penalty of Rs 50,000 to each truck found to be violating the rules. Vehicles that we cease usually carries valuable items such as garments, electronics and grocery items. In the last month alone, we have checked more than 10,000 vehicles and detained 250 of them, which are not carrying supporting documents”, he added.
On the other hand, the Delhi’s Department of Tax and Traders clarified that the penalty imposed against the trucks were calculated based on the value of the goods in truck. Hence, the amount levied as penalty may vary from a minimum of Rs 2,000 to a maximum of Rs 50,000.
In the last three months, 1,191 trucks were found to be entering Delhi without DS-2 forms and a penalty of Rs 3.2 crore has been collected so far.