Friday, March 16, 2012

Health and Nutrition Gets Major Boost in the Budget 2012-13

The Union Finance Minister ShriPranab Mukherjee, while presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13, has proposed to extend concessional basic customs duty of 5 per cent with full exemption from excise duty/ CVD to six specified life-saving drugs/ vaccines in this year’s budget. He proposed to reduce basic customs duty on soya protein concentrate and isolated soya protein to 10 per cent from the present 30 per cent or 15 per cent respectively. Basic customs duty and excise duty reduced on iodine from 6 per cent to 2.5 per cent. On probiotics, the basic customs duty is now 5 per cent reduced from 10 per cent.

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