West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra Saturday mentioned the Centre is on a spree to impose cess and surcharges to disclaim the states from getting their share of revenues.
The Centre has elevated cess and surcharges from eight to 16 per cent over and above the taxes in order to not share with the states, he informed reporters a day after the vote-on-account by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee within the state meeting.
The Comptroller and Auditor Basic (CAG) had already requested the Centre to not elevate cess surcharges on this method, he mentioned.
“The quantum of cess and surcharges have been elevated from eight to 16 per cent by the Centre within the final a number of years. Since assortment from cess and surcharges are to not be shared with the states, that’s the reason they’re being raised”, he mentioned.
Concerning the vote-on-account, Mr Mitra had mentioned that the state’s tax assortment has elevated 3.57 instances since 2011 since Trinamool Congress got here to energy and its debt/GDP ratio had declined from 40.65 per cent in 2011 to 34.81 per cent at current.
Ms Banerjee had offered the Rs 2.99 lakh crore vote-on-account on Friday because the state polls are not far away.
Mr Mitra mentioned fiscal deficit too had fallen from 4.24 per cent to 2.94 per cent within the newest rely, he mentioned.
The finister minister mentioned West Bengal’s growth expenditure had risen six instances, capital expenditure 14 instances and social expenditure 9.15 instances.
Expenditure on bodily infrastructure had elevated 5.58 instances since TMC got here to energy in 2011.
In accordance with him, the state authorities has taken large strides in growing faculty and better training, minority affairs and public works and in well being expenditure.