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Swatchh Bharat Cess

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been launched with the following objectives:

a) Totally eliminate open defecation.

b) Build pit latrines in all homes of those living below poverty line, with 80% cost subsidy.

c) Total eradication of manual scavenging.

d) Recycling and processing of solid waste into energy and other by-products like fertilizer.

e) Improve people’s awareness for proper sanitation and on the importance of personal hygiene.

Thus to ensure that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is able to meet its stated goals, the government has decided to introduce the Swachh Bharat Cess for raising funds.

Swachh Bharat Cess will come into effect at the rate of 0.5% on all services, which are presently liable to service tax. The proceeds from this cess will be used for financing and promoting Swachh Bharat initiatives. 

Swachh Bharat Cess will come into effect from 15th November 2015, at the rate of 0.5% on all services, which are presently liable to service tax. This will translate into a tax of 50 paisa only on every one hundred rupees worth of taxable services. The proceeds from this cess will be used for financing and promoting Swachh Bharat initiatives. 

Proceeds of the SBC will be credited to the Consolidated Fund of India, and the Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament, utilize such sums of money for the purposes of financing and promoting Swachh Bharat initiatives or for any other purpose relating thereto.

 

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