• Get realistic; have professional consultants vet your wish list: Aviation ministry to industry

    The civil aviation ministry is unlikely to seek tax concessions from the government in the budget for 2017-18, a change of stance that officials said has been prompted by reasoning that realistic demands are more likely to be accepted by the finance ministry.

    The ministry has for the first time asked the industry to get professional consultants to vet its wish list, in line with an idea mooted by the minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, who had called a meeting of all industry representatives to discuss Budget demands last week.

    “It was discussed in the meeting that instead of sending a list of demands to the finance ministry that is never accepted, the industry should compile a list of doable things which the finance ministry can accept or look into,” an official present at the meeting said on condition of anonymity. It was also decided that the Budget wish list should focus on items that do not lead to revenue decline for the government, he said.

    “The demands are likely be items that do not lead to a revenue loss to the exchequer since such demands are unlikely to be accepted,” the official said.

    SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh has been given the responsibility to submit the list of demands by November 20, after getting them vetted by consultants. The ministry has called the next meeting on November 25 to discuss the demands.A few requests discussed in the meeting included demands to slash high tax on fuel and reduce excise duty on fuel that was hiked in the budget for 2016-17. Malcolm Jenkins Womens Jersey

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