MUMBAI – "Make the polluter pay," is what Raja Chelliah, a well-known tax expert here, is recommending to the Indian government in a report commissioned by the environmental ministry regarding the country’s automotive sector. Chelliah makes three points. First, there should be differential excise duties – the more a vehicle pollutes, the higher the tax. "A diesel car, for example, pollutes more and should pay higher excise," he says. Second, polluting vehicles should pay an annual ...

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