Kerala Budget: What people want from Pinarayi 2.0

By Express News Service

S S Manoj – Trader, Thirumala, Thiruvananthapuram

As traders are among the groups worst hit by lockdown, the government should announce tax and licence fee waiver for a year 
Envisage schemes for helping at least those shop employees who have been registered with the welfare fund board 
Need to put pressure on the GST council to refund the GST already paid for products that got damaged or expired due to the closure of shops 
As flood cess of 1% being paid for the past two years comes to an end this month, the same should not be extended further. 
 Expecting interest-free short-term loans for traders

Dr C J John – Consultant psychiatrist, Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi

There should be provision for better revenue generation from government hospitals upgraded to accreditation standards by charging rates for higher-income group and those having insurance coverage. The fund thus generated can be used for various welfare…

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