Lucknow: The famous Banarasi paan, known for its sweetness all over the world, would now become sweeter after Uttar Pradesh government has decided to exempt aromatic rose petal-based ‘gulkand’ from tax net. “UP is a major ‘gulkand’ manufacturing state with Kannauj leading the way. Gulkand has medicinal values and the decision to make it tax-free will give a major boost to the industry in the state,” said Amit, a leading retailer in Lucknow.
An expert said that Kannauj itself accounted for manufacture of around Rs 300 crore-worth ‘gulkand’, which is famous not only in India, but off shore as well. “The tax exemption will reduce cost of meetha paan,” said Monu, a paan retailer. Traders said there was no VAT on ‘gulkand’ in Rajasthan. ‘Gulkand’, which adds flavour in paan (preparation combining betel leaf, tobacco and nuts), was recently exempted from value added tax (VAT) by the Uttar Pradesh government. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“With this decision of the UP government, we will compete in the market,” Anoop Kelkar, a prominent trader, said. “Gulkand in Kannauj is prepared from local breed of rose which is admired all over. It is much in demand in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Exempting it from VAT net will have far reaching effects,” he said.
‘Gulkand’, which is prepared by mixing rose petals with sugar, is considered as an Ayurvedic tonic because of its cooling properties. It provides remedy for reduction of pitta (bile) and heat in the body. It is also considered to be remedy for eye inflammation and redness. Besides, it strengthens teeth and gums and is good for treatment of acidity.
‘Gulkand’ has cooling properties, thus it is beneficial in alleviating all heat related problems like fatigue, lethargy, itching, aches and pains. According to experts, UP is one of the leaders in ‘gulkand’ production in the country, with Kannauj being a major hub....
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