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After Swachh Bharat cess, AP citizens may have to pay green tax & garbage tax

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has directed bureaucrats to come up with proposals to increase the state revenue without imposing extra burden on common people. Reddy also asked officials to prepare a report listing the current financial position and why special status is needed for the state.
 
He suggested levy of a “green tax” and also “garbage tax” as a way to secure additional revenue to the government. The new chief minister of the state began preliminary review of government departments, beginning with the critical Finance and Revenue. This move may not go down well with the citizens as there is Swachh Bharat Cess and Krishi Kalyan Cess imposed as part of service tax. 
 
According to a YSR Congress party release, Reddy asked officials to come up with creative ideas on how to set right the state’s broken financial system. “At the same time, ensure no extra burden is imposed on common people,” the release quoted the Chief Minister as saying. 
 
Explaining his governments resolve to enforce liquor prohibition in the state in a phased manner, Reddy wanted the excise department to lay focus on that, first by eliminating all ‘belt’ shops (illicit liquor vends in villages). As part of YSRCP’s manifesto for the elections, the party president had promised liquor prohibition in three phases. 
 
“In the first phase, there will be a complete ban on belt shops and shops that sell liquor near the state and national highways and near schools. De-addiction centres will also be set up. In the second phase, number of shops supplying liquor will be brought down, along with high voltage campaigns on the negative effects of alcoholism. By the third phase, only 5-star hotels will be allowed to sell alcohol,” the party manifesto mentions. 
 
The Chief Minister also asked officials to prepare an effective case for securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh. “Prepare a detailed report listing out the current financial status of the state, the financial problems and why special status is needed. We have to present our case effectively to the 15th Finance Commission and the Central government,” Reddy said.
 

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