Bid to cut entry tax for Kerala students

A tax on people, especially tourists, was being levied on students and common man travelling to Karnataka making it an expensive affair for them.

Kozhikode: Karnataka food minister B. Sameer promised to either reduce or cut down the entry tax levied on students from Kerala travelling to Karnataka.

He was talking to the media here on Tuesday after visiting the MAMO College, Mukkam, functioning under the Mukkam Muslim Orphanage.

“It is a usual practice to collect tax from the people, especially tourists, travelling to Karnataka. But collecting it from the students and the common man who have to travel now and them to Karnataka and back to Kerala, will be unethical. It is a huge expense these days for students and tourists to visit Karnataka. This is a major reason why many educational institutes do not prefer travelling to any part of Karnataka. This issue will be brought to the notice of Karnataka Chief Minister and also the Karnataka transport minister, he added.

The minister further said that collecting these taxes from the differently abled students was also not acceptable. He was welcomed to the college with the traditional Muslim art forms.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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