CM rules out fresh taxes in 2016-17 budget

CM rules out fresh taxes in 2016-17 budget

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday indicated that he had no plans to impose fresh taxes in the 2016-17 budget.

“It will be a people-friendly budget. My budget for the financial year 2016-17 will be pro-poor. I have no intention to impose more tax,” he said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah refuted charges of the Opposition parties that the revenue collection in the State had declined. Revenue collection has increased this year compared to last year. The government will reach the target by the end of the financial year, he said.

Planning board

Siddaramaiah said his government would continue with the existing Karnataka State Planning Board till 2017 and that he had no plans to either reconstitute the Board or rename it, following the Centre’s decision to constitute Niti Aayog, replacing the erstwhile Planning Commission.

“It (Karnataka State Planning Board) cannot be disbanded. Its tenure is till 2017. I will soon hold its meeting,” he said.

Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office, however, said Siddaramaiah had directed officials to submit a report to him on the steps taken by other state governments after the Centre constituted Niti Aayog. The chief minister is the chairman of the State Planning Board.

‘Centre responsible’

Siddaramaiah said Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya should take moral responsibility for the death of research scholar Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University, and resign from their posts.

“The dalit student committed suicide because of the letters written by the Union ministers. Both the ministers abetted the crime. Such a thing has never happened before,” he said.

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