Demand in LS for rollback of reduction of import duty on silk

Amid boycott of Lok Sabha by BJP, several members demanded rollback of the reduction of import duty on silk even as they welcomed the Government`s decision to take back service tax imposed on high-end health facilities.

Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 17:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid boycott of Lok Sabha by BJP,
several members on Tuesday demanded rollback of the reduction of
import duty on silk even as they welcomed the Government`s
decision to take back service tax imposed on high-end health
facilities.

Initiating the debate on the Finance Bill, KS Rao (Cong)
said the government should not be too concerned about rising
inflation and the protests from the Opposition, maintaining
that the poor were not affected by it due to effective PDS.

He even suggested that the government could allow
inflation to rise above 20 percent. "Our leaders should have
the courage to say we have increased the price. The poor
people are not affected by it," he said.

He suggested more diversion of funds from the urban to the
rural areas to increase the purchasing power of the latter.

Rao said the government should teach productive skills to
students so that they can find employment as carpenters, auto
drivers, cooks and so on.

Chacko reminded Rao that he had to address the Chair as he
frequently kept addressing UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi - who
was present in the House - during his speech.

Former Prime Minister and JD-S chief HD Devegowda said
because of reduction of import duty on silk workers involved
in silk production were on the verge of committing suicide.

He feared that drastic decline in raw silk production
might lead to China dumping its products in India and
controlling the international silk markets.

Shailendra Kumar (SP) said the budget should be rural
oriented.

He said a problem in implementation of schemes by the
government was that till now "we don`t seem to have decided
how many people are below the poverty line."

Sudip Bandopadhyay (Trinamool Congress) said his party had
opposed the service tax on high-end medical facilities.

He sought a rollback on the 10 per cent service tax
imposed on readymade garments.

PTI