Rs. 2,000-cr. taxes to fund flood relief

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said the State Government will introduce taxation measures to mobilise an additional Rs. 2,000 crore to help reconstruct villages, build houses, schools, hospitals and roads, and revive agricultural lands damaged in the floods.

Addressing a meeting of ministers and senior officials here on Monday, he clarified that the common man would not be burdened with more taxes and that the departments concerned would work out the details in four days. The Government had decided to celebrate Rajyotsava Day on a low-key basis, and this year’s State awards would be given away in 2010, he added.

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