Kerala to tax 5 % in Liquor and tobacco products

Published on: 06 Dec, 2012
Published under: Education News Kerala, Featured

5 December 2012

The Cabinet approved a youth policy proposing five per cent cess on liquor and tobacco products on Wednesday. The cess will be used for youth welfare activities. The policy also proposes extension of equivalency examinations at the secondary level to the higher secondary level. This will help school drop outs and others to acquire Plus Two certificates.

Youth banks will be started in each district to provide loans to young entrepreneurs in starting industrial, business or agriculture ventures. A directory on higher education, the policy says, will be published and a help desk set up for students. A project will be launched in collaboration with local self governments to achieve total computer literacy among youth.Youth labour clinics will be started at block or municipal levels to ensure job security and protection to young workers.

The policy promises play grounds and swimming pools in all village panchayats. Cycle riding will be encouraged.A consolidated fund will be formed for providing scholarships and other assistance to poor students taking up higher studies. Voluntary contributions will also be sought and credited to the fund, besides revenues from the youth cess. Counselling centres will be started for helping youth suffering from mental problems. Pre-marriage counselling will be promoted for wider reach. Youth will be organised for disaster management, providing first aid to victims of road accidents, anti-liquor campaigns and environmental protection.


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