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Industry says hike in VAT will adversely affect traders

‘There is no need for a fishing harbour at Koderi'

DYFI leader says the budget is

anti-people

MANGALORE: President of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Srinivas S. Kamath on Friday welcomed the State budget for 2010-11.

He told The Hindu that the budget had many good schemes for the middle-class, the poor and farmers, though taxes had been increased. The increase in value added tax (VAT) and the levy of luxury tax would adversely affect traders.

Mr. Kamath, however, said there was nothing in the budget for Dakshina Kannada. The allocation of Rs. 5 crore for the Police Commissionerate was expected and the Rs. 1 crore for a planetarium at Pilikula was a minuscule part of the budget, he said.

Fishermen's leader Lokanath Boloor said the increase in the quantity of sales tax-free diesel for fishermen from the current 75,000 kilolitres to 85,000 was inadequate. The fishermen had sought 1 lakh kilolitres of tax-free diesel.

There was hardly any demand for a fishing harbour at Koderi near Baindur for which Rs. 10 crore had been allocated.

The area was part of the parliamentary constituency of B.Y. Raghavendra, son of the Chief Minister, Mr. Boloor said.

President of the district unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India Munir Katipalla said the budget was anti-people and belied the expectations of the youth.

It had been prepared with an eye on the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) polls. In the case of Mangalore, an additional grant of Rs. 100 crore for the city's development was expected. There was no mention of this in the budget, he said. President of the Dakshina Kannada unit of the Federation of Physically Challenged Persons Dinesh Shetty said the Government had totally ignored people with disabilities.

They had been demanding free bus passes to travel in the whole of Karnataka at an annual payment of Rs. 500. At present, they could travel only up to 100 km.

Although the Government had been promising to provide shelter to the disabled coming under below the poverty line, it had not been kept. The demand for 5 per cent reservation in jobs for the physically challenged had not been met either, he said.

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