Government planning to impose sugar tax to control diabetes

In the latest, government is mulling over a plan to impose sugar tax on the similar lines as soda tax in the US to curb epidemic of diabetes in India

Updated: Apr 11, 2016, 12:20 PM IST
Government planning to impose sugar tax to control diabetes

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: In the latest, government is mulling over a plan to impose sugar tax on the similar lines as soda tax in the US to curb epidemic of diabetes in India, as per media reports.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the ailment affects about one in eleven people worldwide. The number has quadrupled to 422 million over the last 35 years, with most patients in developing countries.

About four times the budget allocation to healthcare spending is spent on diabetes alone.

If sugar tax comes into existence, eatable products such as ice creams and chocolates may become costlier.