Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (PTI): Movie tickets and beer and wine prices are to be hiked and a ‘flood cess’ slapped in cash-strapped Kerala as the CPI(M)-led LDF overnment presented its first post-flood budget Thursday in an effort to mobilise additional resources to rebuild the state. Also Read - Fire in Parcel Van of Malabar Express in Kerala, No Injury Reported

As the southern state faced a severe financial crunch, finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac presented the budgetary proposals for the 2019-20 fiscal, giving thrust to a massive rebuilding exercise. Also Read - Exempted From Entertainment Tax Till March, Movie Theatres in Kerala To Reopen From January 13

He proposed 25 new projects to resurrect Kerala after the devastation caused by the deadliest flood of the century last August. Also Read - Kerala Assembly Session Underway: Congress-led UDF Creates Ruckus, Stages Walkout

“This is a budget for creating a new Kerala,” Isaac said stating that Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked for the ‘Rebuild Kerala’ initiative in the plan.

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