Taking a cue from the West, Kerala is all set to introduce what it terms as a “fat tax” of 14.5% for foods judged to be unhealthy. Food items like pizzas, burgers, doughnuts, pasta, and bread-fillings served in branded fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Dominos, Pizza Hut and Subway, among others, are likely to see the new tax imposed on them.
The state government has also made consumption of ready-to-eat chapatis dearer with the introduction of a 5% tax on wheat products in packets.
The CPI (M)-led LDF government in Kerala on Friday presented its budget for 2016-17, focusing on strengthening social welfare schemes, public health and education. The host of people-friendly announcements include free uniforms for students of aided schools, home for all in five years and land for tribals.