After Kerala, Gujarat to impose 'fat tax'?
Ahemdabad, July 19: In an attempt to keep obesity at bay and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Gujarat government is mulling to introduce 'fat tax', just like Kerala proposed few days back.
As per a report published in TOI, the BJP-ruled stae is planning to impose 14.5% 'fat tax' on burgers, pizzas and other junk food sold in restaurants chains.
Keeping in mind that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill will be implemented next year, the Gujarat government is planning to impose the fat tax from next financial year (April 2017).
Before imposing this tax, the state governement will study Kerala model of introducing fat tax. In Kerala, various fast food chains have raised their objection on the imposition of fat tax.
Fat tax is a proposed tax on foods or drinks judged to be unhealthy and whose consumption is believed to be linked to rising obesity levels.