ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS, THE GST CESS WILL VARY FROM 71-204 % :

On tobacco, the cess will vary from 71-204 percent.  Also, scented zarda and filter khaini will attract 160 percent cess, while for pan masala gutkha it would be 204 percent.  Filter and non-filter cigarettes not exceeding 65 mm will attract cess of 5 percent plus Rs 1,591 per 1,000 sticks.  Non-filter cigarettes exceeding 65 mm but not exceeding 70 mm will attract cess of 5 percent plus Rs 2,876, while that for filter cigarettes the levy is 5 percent plus Rs 2,126 per thousand sticks.  For cigars, a hefty levy of 21 percent or Rs 4,170 per 1,000 sticks, whichever is higher, would be levied.  Branded gutkha will be slapped with a cess of 72 percent, while smoking mixtures for pipes and cigarettes will attract a levy 290 percent.  Besides, a clean energy cess will be levied on coal, lignite and peat production at the rate of Rs 400 per tonne.  The News 18: 19th. May,17

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