Civil Aviation Ministry Will Seek Rollback of Service Tax: Patel

Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has said that his ministry will seek a complete rollback of service tax which were imposed on domestic air travel in the Budget, reported PTI.

“We will request for a complete roll-back of service tax,” Praful Patel was quoted as saying.

The minister said that Aviation Ministry would take up the issue with the Finance Ministry and expressed hope that the latter would give favouralbe response, said report.

The Budget presented on February 26 brought domestic travel under the service tax bracket which was earlier for international travel only.

On national air-carrier Air India’s financial health, Patel said that the airline needed to tighten up its belt, report said.

Patel said that the airline was also planning to return some of its leased aircraft, said report.

“Air India plans to return 22 leased aircraft starting this month and extending over the next couple of months,” Patel was quoted as saying.

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