10% Excise Duty Concession to Vehicles Based on Fuel Cell Technology Basic Customs Duty on Solar Lantern Reduced to 5% Presenting the General Budget 2011-12 here today, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister announced that:

• Full exemption from basic Customs Duty and a concessional rate of Central Excise Duty is proposed to be extended to batteries imported by manufacturers of electric vehicles.

• A concessional Excise Duty of 10% has also been proposed to vehicles based on fuel cell technology.

• The Excise Duty on kits used for conversion of fossil fuel vehicles into hybrid vehicles has also been reduced.

• The Excise Duty on LEDs is proposed to be reduced to 5% and special CVD being fully exempted.

• The basic Customs Duty on solar lantern is proposed to be reduced from 10 to 5%.

• Full exemption from basic Customs Duty has been proposed to crude palm stearin used in manufacturing of laundry soap.

• Full exemption from basic Excise Duty granted to enzyme based preparation for pre-tanning has also been proposed.

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