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Updated: January 26, 2014 12:52 IST

No chance of price rise: Mani

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Finance Minister K.M. Mani clarified that he was willing to consider “with an open mind” the demand by autorickshaw and taxi drivers to withdraw the increase in tax.
The Hindu Finance Minister K.M. Mani clarified that he was willing to consider “with an open mind” the demand by autorickshaw and taxi drivers to withdraw the increase in tax.

Says Budget has made allocations for market intervention

Finance Minister K.M. Mani has dispelled apprehensions that a few proposals in the State Budget for 2014-15 will trigger an increase in the prices of essential commodities. At a reception accorded to him by the United Democratic Front (UDF) district committee here on Saturday, Mr. Mani said that allocations had been made for market intervention to control the price rise.

“An allocation of Rs. 65 crore has been made to the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) for effective market intervention. An allocation of Rs. 11 crore has been made for Kerala State Cooperative Consumers’ Federation Ltd. (Consumerfed) specifically for the purpose. This was in addition to the allocation made for Consumerfed for other activities,” he said.

He said claims that the Budget would facilitate price rise were intended to mislead the public. The prime cause of price rise was the increase in various taxes, including excise, being levied by the Union government.

Mr. Mani clarified that he was willing to consider “with an open mind” the demand by autorickshaw and taxi drivers to withdraw the increase in tax. He had announced an increase in the lumpsum tax levied for five years from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,500 in the Budget. He was of the opinion that the apprehensions raised on the issue were “uncalled-for.”

“Currently, taxes of Rs. 1.32 and Rs. 1.42 were being levied daily for autorickshaws that run on petrol and diesel. The different rates have been unified as Rs. 1.37 per day. In effect, only 5 paise have been hiked for those possessing petrol autorickshaws,” he said. Nevertheless, he said the decision could be modified, if found necessary, after discussions on the Budget in the Assembly. He was of the opinion that all sections of society stood to benefit from the budgetary allocations. He said agriculture was provided the greatest prominence to provided an increased focus to the sector

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Can you also talk about brining this price down ?

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 02:01 IST

Anilkumar,

I hope siphoning does not happen. Can you suggest ways to prevent it?

Your questioning polyhouse cultivation in a hot and humid climate is
not very accurate. Even in hot and humid climates, polyhouse
cultivation can improve yields by restricting fluctuations in
temperature and humidity, prevention of pests, bugs, harmful insects,
etc, increasing levels of carbon dioxide, preventing wind damage,
increasing ability to cross-pollinate, preventing erosion, water
wastage, ph balance, weed control and many other benefits. Many of
these benefits accrue also due to intensive management. But intensive
management would not be very useful in itself unless complemented by
climate control methods such as polyhouse, greenhouse, etc.

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Jan 27, 2014 at 12:51 IST

Kerala gets vegetables from TN. The TN farmers have taken to precision
farming which gives record yields. kerala gov wants to do the same to
increase yields per acreage

from:  Sreekanth
Posted on: Jan 26, 2014 at 14:46 IST

Sure, farm sector will get the lion"s share. In fact Kerala congressmen will get the lions share! Has any proper study including environmental assessment been done before introducing this type of Chemical farming. Or is it another new way to siphon out subsidy to the dealers of the poly house system. One wonders why in a state like Kerala where vegetables grow in the natural environment, energy intensive poly house technology is to be adopted? And that too in haste?

from:  Anil kumar
Posted on: Jan 25, 2014 at 09:05 IST
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