Union Budget: What’s costlier,what’s cheaper

Here's the list of what will be costlier and which ones will be cheaper following Budget 2012-13:

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2012 4:39 pm

A large variety of day-to-day usage items and services will burn a hole in the common man’s pocket with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposing to raise excise duty to 12 per cent from 10 per cent and a similar hike in service tax rate.

Following is a list of what will be costlier and which ones will be cheaper following the Budget 2012-13.

Costlier:

* Two-wheelers,cars,commercial vehicles,

* Refrigerators,air-conditioners,washing machines,watches

* Soaps,cosmetics,homecare items,

* Cigarettes and bidis,

* Packaged food items

* Pan masala and chewing tobacco,

* Unbranded precious metal jewellery,

* Imported luxury vehicles,

* Imported bicycles and bicycle parts,

* Imported digital still cameras,

* Imported gold bars and coins of certain categories,platinum

* Imported cut and polished coloured gem stones,

* Air travel,eating out at restaurants and hotel stays

Not all is gloomy as the Budget has also made some items and activities cheaper.

Cheaper:

* Mobile phone parts,

* Branded silver jewellery,

* Branded garments,

* Imported LCD and LED TV panels of over 20 inch,

* Matches,

* Footwear below Rs 500,

* Adult diapers,

* Soya protein food products,

* Probiotics,

* Writing instruments,

* Imported medical equipment

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