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Consumer Voice urges to increase cess on tobacco products

Chandigarh, Oct 12 (UNI) Consumer Voice, a New Delhi-based NGO, has urged Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal to increase cess on tobacco products in the state which not only helps in generating more revenues to treasurer but also ensure control in smoking culture in the society.
The NGO has urged for imposing cess on all tobacco products to raise revenue for disaster relief is a win-win as it will save lives by reducing consumption across India and save lives affected by the natural calamity. Global experience around the world has shown that even while such a tax increase will decrease use, government revenue will increase.
“Imposing additional cess on all tobacco products, including bidis, will be a huge win for public health and revenue generation. This move will provide much needed relief to the people of Kerala while motivating millions of tobacco users to quit and preventing youngsters from initiating tobacco use,” said Consumer Voice COO Ashim Sanyal, in a stament here today.
WHO recommends that countries impose tobacco excise taxes that amount to at least 75 per cent or more of retail price to achieve the dual objective of reducing tobacco use and increasing government revenue.
Tax burden on bidis post-GST is only 22 per cent compared to 53 per cent for cigarettes and about 60 per cent for smokeless tobacco. All of these are well below the WHO recommended rate of 75 per cent.
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AP CM expresses doubts on accuracy of functioning of EVMs, says he will approach ECI

22 Jan 2019 | 1:48 PM

Amaravati, Jan 22 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party National President N Chandrababu Naidu expressed doubts on the accuracy of functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and announced that he would approach the Election Commission of India along with the leaders of 22 political parties soon to raise the issue.

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Rockwell Automation to take the lead in Developing Industry

22 Jan 2019 | 1:40 PM

Kolkata, Jan 22 (UNI) With an aim to triple its combined factory output in gross value added (GVA) terms to $1 trillion by 2025, Industry leaders gathered at India’s largest industrial automation event ‘Rockwell Automation on the Move’ 2019 (RAOTM) conference to emphasize on the need for a major shift towards Industry 4.

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Put an end to strike by college teachers : CPI(M)

22 Jan 2019 | 1:40 PM

Puducherry, Jan 22 (UNI) The Puducherry unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday urged the government to take immediate steps to put an end to the strike by the teachers and non-teaching staffs of the society run colleges here which had entered the third day on Tuesday.

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Govt is working to introduce chip-based e-passport, says PM Modi

22 Jan 2019 | 1:37 PM

Varanasi, Jan 22 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government is taking several steps to help the overseas Indians for their travel papers and soon e-based passport will be introduced.

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Two militants killed in Shopian encounter

22 Jan 2019 | 1:37 PM

Srinagar, Jan 22 (UNI) Two militants were killed in a fierce encounter that ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Tuesday.

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