Kerala Targets 6.5% Growth This Fiscal

Thiruvananthapuram, July 28 | Updated: Jul 29 2004, 06:38am hrs
The Kerala government targets 6.5 per cent growth of net state domestic product (SDP) during the current fiscal by giving more thrust to agriculture and industry sectors, finance minister K Sankaranarayanan told the State Assembly on Wednesday.

The average growth rate of State income during 1990's at current prices was 13.51 per cent and at constant prices was 5.99 per cent. The computation of State income does not include remittances from outside the State. If remittances from outside the State were also added to SDP, the state income would be 20 per cent more than the present SDP.

In reply to a question, Mr Sankaranarayanan said that Kerala expected a liberal deal from the Twelfth Finance Commission to which it had submitted comprehensive schemes for its overall development. More bounty from the possibility of bringing service sector in the State tax net is expected.

"We have sought that service tax share to States should be stepped up. Effective tax efforts are a score in the Kerala government's favour," he said.

Kerala had been able to collect Rs 2,000 crore through sales tax during 2003-2004.