Rs.800 crore expected from liquor tax hike

Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said on Monday that the State was expected to net Rs.800 crore as revenue from the budget proposal to increase the rate of tax on liquor other than beer and wine.

Replying to the debate on the Appropriation Bill on the supplementary demands for grants in the Assembly, Dr. Isaac, who had to face a barrage of questions on this from Opposition members, said the State would have to forgo Rs.20 crore by reducing the rate for beer and wine.

On appointments

Responding to Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy's charge that the government had failed to make new appointments as promised while introducing the unified retirement age for government staff, the Minister said over 41,000 appointments had been made by the Public Service Commission and 20,000 new posts had been created.

Last year's figures

He, however, admitted that the figures related to appointments during the calendar year of 2009 and that he did not have the figures of the number of supernumerary posts that had been created and appointments made since announcing the unification of retirement age.