Budget

Government incurs revenue loss by selling sand at low rates

CAG report - coverThe government has suffered losses in selling sand from the State’s rivers without auction.

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on general and social sector for the year ended March 2015 notes that there was laxity on the part of Land Revenue Commissioner to enforce provisions of the Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act.

Government loses Rs. 4500 cr by non-levy or short levy of tax

Audit reportThe Comptroller and Auditor General of India has reported non-levy or short levy of tax and interest amounting to Rs. 4500 crore during year ended March 2015.

In his report on the Revenue Sector submitted to the Assembly, the Comptroller and Auditor General noted that the Commercial Taxes Department had failed to bring majority of dealers under tax net by registering them under the value added tax system.

Honararium of anganwadi workers and helpers hiked

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy winding up debate on the Budget as Opposition protests on Feb. 18Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the Assembly on Wednesday that the monthly honorarium of anganwadi workers and helpers would be increased to Rs. 10000 and Rs. 7000 respectively.

Poultry farming and cattle rearing would be recognised as part of agriculture, eligible for loans, power subsidy and tax concessions.

Plantation tax slashed from Rs. 700 to Rs. 500 a hectare

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced in the Assembly on Wednesday that the plantation tax would be reduced from Rs. 700 to Rs. 500 a hectare.

CPlantationsontract and daily wage workers in government service would be given the minimum scale applicable to permanent employees in equivalent posts so as to ensure a decent living standard to them. They would also get an annual increase based on consumer price index.

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