A Trade-friendly State – Rahat Scheme For Traders And Self Vat Assessment In Punjab

As part of an attempt to end the ‘Inspector Raj’ system in the State and in order to check traders’ harassment, the ‘Rahat Scheme’ was launched in 2014 for small businessmen and traders across the State. It is a comprehensive scheme which will help the beneficiaries run their business activities without much hassles. A significant feature under this scheme is that traders would not have to maintain account books, stock registers, purchase invoices or bills, and ledgers and goods receipts, and these measures would completely end the Inspector Raj.

Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, unveiled the scheme in 2014 and conveyed that he believes in freedom of doing business activities that makes the traders do what they can do the best.

Rahat scheme Punjab

The scheme has been launched for 74 cities and towns in Punjab in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III categories. Under this scheme, traders can opt to pay lump-sum tax ranging from Rs 0-25 lakh to Rs 1 Crore business.

Any trader who has a turnover between Rs 0-25 lakh would have to deposit Rs 5,000 as lump-sum tax, whereas, from Rs 25-Rs 50 lakh, it would be Rs 10,000; Rs 50 lakh to Rs 75 lakh, the lump-sum tax to be paid is Rs 15,000 and for Rs 1 crore turnover, it would be Rs 20,000.


A new amendment in January 2015 brings the ‘one time annual VAT payment scheme’ for traders in 71 towns. Traders would now only need to submit self-assessment of their annual turnover to the Department and have to pay tax in accordance with four different slabs made on the basis of turnover.

Punjab government has also announced abolition of the e-TRIP system besides increasing the value added tax (VAT) on steel industry by 1%.

A helpline number — 1800-2582580, and an e-mail id — rahatscheme2014@gmail.com, has also been launched for traders.

More Power To The People – Right To Services Act, Punjab

Functional in Punjab since, 20th October, 2011, the Right to Public Services Legislation in is a composition of  statutory laws that guarantee you, a time bound delivery of services for various Public services like Revenue, Health, Transport, etc..and such 206 other services rendered by the Government of Punjab to the citizen and also empowers you with the mechanism to punish the ignorant government officials.

The basic aim of the Right to Services act is your trust and your comfort. The vision is to save your time and empower you with a body, which will make sure that your work is done with transparency and on time.

Right to Service Punjab

Have an enquiry or in need of a service?

All you need to do is submit an application to the designated officer for the particular service. If in case, you don’t know that who’s the designated officer, simply check the ‘Notified services’ section on website, www.rtspunjab.gov.in; and you will find an answer for your query.

Don’t forget to attach the documents needed for the service delivery. You can easily download the application and requisite documents from the ‘Downloads’ section of the website.

Your application will be processed by the designated officer, within the stipulated time limit.

Saanjh Kendra Punjab

For 20 services related to Police, you can visit the nearest “Saanjh Kendra” and for all other services you are free to visit the nearest SUVIDHA Center. In order to get, fards of rural areas, you may visit the nearest Fard Kendra where you get online services without any delay.

The Right to Services act is absolutely free of cost. You won’t be charged any money other than a nominal amount asked in a few of the services. Other than this, Suvidha Centre, Saanjh Kendra & Fard Kendras have an additional nominal charge which is affordable by everyone.

Just A Click Away – e-Governance In Punjab

E-Governance is a unique initiative in Punjab to connect both urban and rural citizens to the Government and to provide them with better facilities and hassle-free services. Earlier a lot of time and money was wasted by citizens who were unknowingly misguided by agents as they had limited knowledge and access to Government services and actual fee charged. Use of information and communications technologies can radically transform how a Government delivers services to citizens.  According to Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, e-Governance is empowering citizens with service delivery in their proximity through Information & Communication Technology.

In India, Punjab is the first state that has the status of e-Sarkar covering all the 47 departments and its 143 branches with Integrated Workflow and Document Management System (IWDMS) to process common tasks online. A number of projects have already been implemented at the District, Tehsil and Sub-Tehsil levels.


Punjab State e-Governance Society functions as a leading body for the execution of e-Governance projects in the State. The e-Governance projects taken up by the State include- SUWIDHA Integrated Citizens Services, Integrated Land Records Management System, Transport Services, Treasury and Accounts Management System, Social Security Management System, Agrinet Punjab etc. To strengthen the vertical and horizontal connectivity within the State, Punjab State-Wide Area Network (PAWAN) is being implemented successfully in the State. Till now, 2112 CSC or Common Service Centers have been set up in the State. Under the project Integrated Land Management System, 47 out of total 156 Tehsils and sub-tehsils have been made live while the trial run is on for others.

Project SUWIDHA punjabProject SUWIDHA (Single User-friendly Window Help Line for Applicants) has been started to assist citizens by providing single-gateway for submission of forms, applications and delivery of various citizen-centric services. The project has been implemented in all the 17 DC Offices and 54 SDM offices of Punjab. Under the SUWIDHA project, all applications and requests for services like Birth & Death Certificate Issuance System (BDCIS), Affidavit Information System (AIS), Passport Applications Acceptance System (WebPASS) and many more can be submitted at a single window. It provides direct linkage with backend applications. The project SUWIDHA has been ranked the topmost project among all the e-Governance projects in the country by Skoch in 2005 – 06. The same project has also received an “Excellence Award” from Microsoft for providing opportune services to the populace.