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K’taka budget: No fresh tax; liquor, beer dearer

K’taka budget: No fresh tax; liquor, beer dearer
The chief minister said: ‘Lok Sabha polls did not weigh on my mind while presenting the budget. It was rather an inclusive, growth-oriented budget with an emphasis on empowering all weaker sections of the society.’

Siddaramaiah, who holds the finance portfolio also, sought to give a push to agriculture, backward classes, minorities and SC/STs.

The Congress government has not burdened the common man and the poor and levied taxes on liquor and beer, he said after presenting the budget, his second as the chief minister and ninth in his career.

Beer and liquor prices are to go up. Additional excise duty on beer has been hiked from 112 per cent to 135, apart from raising licence fee of primary distillery, Indian liquor manufacturing distillery and brewery by 50 per cent.
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