Rs 382 cr deficit budget presented in Meghalaya

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 16:09

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul
Sangma on Monday presented a Rs 382 crore deficit budget for
2012-13 with a proposal for an increase in levy on alcohol and
tobacco as measures to generate additional revenue for the
state.

The fiscal deficit of Rs 382 crore is around 2.06 per
cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), marking a 37
crore reduction as compared to that of 2010-11.

The Chief Minister tabled a plan budget of Rs 3535 crore,
the actual size of which would be finalized shortly in
consultation with the Planning Commission.

Sangma, who holds the finance portfolio, proposed to
introduce ad valorem levy and increase VAT on liquor in
addition to a proposed enhancement in licence fees.

"VAT on tobacco and tobacco products will also be
increased from Rs 12.5 to Rs 13.5 per cent besides a plan to
include beedi in the tax net by way of amendment of the
appropriate schedule," he said.

The Chief Minister proposed to raise the ceiling in the
rate of professional tax with the Centre and by amendment of
Article 276 (2) of the Constitution.

"These measures are expected to generate additional
revenue to the tune of Rs 12 crore," he said.

According to the Chief Minister, the total receipts in
2012-13 is estimated to be Rs 6999 crore excluding borrowings
and other liabilities.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 16:09

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