UP Ministers To Start Paying Tax After Four Decades After Criticism

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Lucknow: 

The Uttar Pradesh authorities on Friday determined that ministers will begin paying their very own revenue tax, ending a four-decade-old follow of the state exchequer shelling out the quantity yearly for them.

The path follows criticism within the media of a regulation enacted in 1981 which ensures that the state’s chief minister and ministers do not pay any revenue tax themselves.

As a substitute, their share is shelled out by the state authorities below the Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981.

After a information report made this revelation, a number of politicians stated they weren’t even conscious of the availability within the UP Act.

Late within the night, the state authorities introduced that the availability shall be scrapped.

“UP chief ministers and all ministers will pay their own income tax. The income tax bill till now was paid through the state treasury,” Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna stated in an announcement.

“The decision has been taken on the directives of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” he added.

The regulation, enacted when Vishwanath Pratap Singh was the chief minister, has been in drive throughout the phrases of 19 CMs and about 1,000 ministers to date.

The chief ministers who saved on their taxes have been from throughout events — together with Yogi Adityanath, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta, Rajnath Singh, Sripati Mishra, Vir Bahadur Singh and ND Tiwari.

For the final monetary yr, the state authorities paid Rs 86 lakh because the ministers’ tax invoice, a senior finance ministry official stated.

A bit of the Act says, “The salary referred to in sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be exclusive of the tax payable in respect of such salary (including perquisites) under any law relating to income tax for the time being in force, and such tax shall be borne by the state.”

It was argued in 1981 that the state authorities ought to bear the revenue tax burden as most ministers had been from poor backgrounds and had meagre incomes, a Congress chief and a colleague of the then chief minister V P Singh stated.

However through the years, the state has been led by leaders like Bahujan Samaj Get together chief Mayawati who’s price Rs 111 crore as per her affidavit for the Rajya Sabha polls in 2012.

One other former chief minister, Samajwadi Get together president Akhilesh Yadav, owns property price over Rs 37 crore collectively along with his spouse Dimple, in keeping with the affidavit filed for the current Lok Sabha polls.

Based on the affidavit submitted for the Legislative Council elections in 2017, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s property whole Rs 95,98,053.

Hours earlier than the federal government’s resolution to finish the follow, Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma confirmed the existence of the 40-year-old provision in regulation.

He stated the federal government will look into any suggestion sooner or later on the problem.

Congress chief and former MP, PL Punia stated the availability did not appear proper and wanted assessment.

“The salaries have gone up several times and there appears to be no relevance for this relaxation. It needs reconsideration and withdrawal,” Mr Punia, who was principal secretary to Mayawati when she was chief minister, stated.

Many like BSP chief and former UP finance minister Lalji Verma stated they weren’t conscious of the regulation. Mr Verma stated as far he remembers he used to pay his personal taxes.

Earlier within the day, the state’s Regulation Minister Brijesh Pathak stated he shall be ready to talk on the problem solely after getting it verified from his officers.

Social activist Anil Kumar stated the information was a shocker for the frequent man who pays massive sums in taxes.

“Why should he bear the burden of those who have all the benefits. Like all of us, they should also pay for themselves instead of putting an extra burden on us,” Mr Kumar stated.

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