As many as 424 companies in the state are yet to pay value added tax (VAT) and sales tax dues worth Rs 1 crore each to the state, taking the total amount pending by these firms to Rs 11,671.45 crore, informed state finance minister Vajubhai Vala to the state assembly on Monday. The companies with pending VAT and sales tax dues include big names like Essar, Reliance Industries, Adani Enterprises, Oil and Natural Gas Company, Gas Authority of India and Biotor Industries among others, Vala said while replying to a question by Jetpur-Pavi MLA Mohansinh Rathwa.
The government also revealed that Essar Oil has not paid Rs 8,289.72 crore, while Reliance Industries' Jamnagar unit had dues worth Rs 889 crore, while replying to a question by Porbandar MLA Arjun Modhwadia.
Adani Enterprises also owes Rs 39.60 crore to the state government in taxes.
Vala, in reply to another question, stated that even the central government-owned companies had huge pending tax dues. Oil and Natural Gas Company's Vadodara refinery has not paid Rs 423 crore, while its unit in Surat owes Rs 252.65 crore as VAT dues.
Vadodara's Biotor Industries is yet to pay dues of Rs 854.51 crore.
Even state-owned company Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemical Limited (GSFC) has not paid Rs 2.15 crore yet. According to the data, 32 industries had VAT dues worth Rs 10 crore each, while seven units had dues worth Rs 100 crore each.