Karnataka Fisheries Minister Pramod Madhwaraj has opposed the Goa government’s move to impose tax on trucks transporting fish for sale outside the State and termed it “selfishness” on the part of Goa.
The Goa government’s plan will cause major problems, he said, adding that it was a “hasty proposal”.
In a bid to ensure better availability of good quality fish in the local markets, the Goa government was mulling over imposing tax on trucks carrying fish for sale to States like Karnataka. “The fee would be imposed at the State border,” Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar has said.
If the Goa government levy fees on the border, other States will follow suit and this will cause major problems between States, said Mr. Madhwaraj. adding that “the proposal was not in good taste”.
A lot of fish from Goa is being transported to border districts, including Belagavi.
The plan was following availability of poor quality of fish in local markets of Goa and export of high quality fish to other States.