New Delhi, Feb. 28
"It's quite upsetting to see that the discrimination between cigarettes and other forms of tobacco continues and cigarettes have been singled out and levied with additional 5 per cent excise while bidis and other forms of tobacco have been spared. This discrimination will defeat the objective of tobacco control," Mr S. Seru, CEO-Domestic of Godfrey Phillips India said. Echoing the sentiments, the Chairman of ITC, Mr Y.C. Deveshwar, said: "Why should cigarettes be singled out for an excise duty increase? All forms of tobacco products should be brought under excise duty."