Kerala CM criticises Centre for not giving due share of tax

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Kochi, Nov 20 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today alleged that the Centre is not giving the State its due share of total tax collection.

Speaking at the launch of the 'Walayar to Ernakulam' campaign here, Mr Achuthanandan said ''the State will press its development needs before the 13th Finance Commission for getting the eligible tax share.'' He urged the departments concerned to spruce up its efforts to collect the tax arrears in the State.

''Though tax collection had increased after the LDF came to power, efforts should be made to collect the arrears running into crores of rupees, '' he noted.

He said the campaign was an initiative to increase tax collection and stop tax erosion in the State.

In an 'adalat' held to hear pending tax-related cases, Rs 4.67 crore were collected as around 4,200 cases were settled.

In a separate function at Infopark, Mr Achuthanandan unveiled a plaque for the work commencement of the Infopark road at Kakanad near here.

The 2.37 km long road would have four lanes for large vehicles and two lanes for small vehicles in addition to a three metre median and 2.5 m footpaths on either side.

The road, to be completed in eight months, would facilitate easy movement of people in the IT industry in Infopark and the upcoming Smart City.

UNI

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