Measures to streamline tax collection

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac replying to debate on Appropriation Bill on ThursdayFinance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac told the Assembly on Thursday that the government would be taking a number of measures to improve tax collection.

Dr. Isaac said that the about 70 per cent of tax revenue came from Kochi. So, the government was planning a ‘Mission Ernakulam’ to achieve better tax realisation from the area. The tax growth from the area was a mere two per cent.

Kerala Assembly opposes sale of shares of Cochin Shipyard

Cochin ShipyardKerala Assembly on Thursday adopted a motion urging the Centre to reconsider its move to disinvest 25 per cent of the shares of Cochin Shipyard Limited.
The motion, moved by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan, also urged the Centre to withdraw the decision to close down the Hindusthan Organic Chemicals unit in Kochi and approve the revival package for the company.

Bird flu virus spreading in Kerala may not affect humans: Minister

DuckThiruvananthapuram: Forest Minister K. Raju told the Assembly on Thursday that humans were not likely to be inflected by the bird flu spreading in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

Replying to a submission made by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, the Minister said that the influenza strain identified was of type A (H5N8) which does not affect humans.

Cabinet names commission to probe police lathicharge before High Court

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to appoint retired judge P. A. Mohammed as enquiry commission to probe police lathicharge that had taken place in front of the High Court following conflict between journalists and lawyers.

An officials release said that the Commission would enquire into events that led to the lathicharge under the Commission of Enquiries Act. As the High Court had intimated that the services of a sitting judge could not be spared for the enquiry, a retired judge was being appointed.

Government to undertake scrutiny of ADB-funded Modernising Government Programme

House frowns upon lack of accountability, transparency in implementation of the Programme

Kerala Assembly today discussed the report of the Estimates Committee of the House which highlighted the lack of accountability in the implementation of Modernising Government Programme (MGP) funded by Asian Development Bank between 2002 and 2008.

Hike in stamp duty for partition, gift deeds to be rolled back

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac (file photo)Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac said in the Assembly on Wednesday that the hike in stamp duty on partition, gift, release and settlement deeds announced in the revised Budget for the current year would be rolled back.

The duty had been raised from one per cent three per cent.  The extent of reduction of duty and registration fees would be decided at the Subject Committee, the Minister said while piloting the Kerala Finance Bill.

‘UDF delayed implementation of Food Security Act to favour wholesalers’

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies P. Thilothaman said in the Assembly on Wednesday that the UDF government had deliberately delayed implementation of the Food Security Act in the State.

Government to bring new industrial policy, mining to be under public sector

Chief Minister Pinarai VijayanKerala government proposes to bring a new industrial policy, to simplify procedures for starting new industries and bring all important mining operations under the public sector.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced these while replying to the debate on the demand for grants for Industries in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Government will act strongly against goons: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan responding to notice of adjournment motion on TuesdayChief Minister Pinarai Vijayan said here on Tuesday that the government viewed the operation of goondas and quotation gangs in the State very seriously.

Responding to a notice for moving an adjournment motion from P. T. Thomas (Congress) to discuss growing threats from nexus among goondas, politicians and police officials, said that the government would be dealing strongly with goondas. However, there was no evidence about goonda-police nexus.

New abkari policy to be announced in February: Minister

Minister fr Excise and Labour T. P. Ramakrishnan replying to demands for grants in Assembly on MondayThe government will announce its new abkari policy in February after discussions in the Left Democratic Front, Excise Minister T. P. Ramakrishnan told the Assembly on Monday.

The policy would take into account the setbacks suffered by the tourism industry as a result of the present policy, the Minister said while replying to the debate on the demands for grants for Excise, Labour, Labour Welfare and Welfare of Non-residents.


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