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For the final monetary 12 months, the state authorities paid Rs 86 lakh because the ministers’ tax invoice

Lucknow: 

The existence of a four-decade-old legislation that makes the Uttar Pradesh authorities pay the earnings tax of all ministers has come as shocker to many, although some political leaders say they by no means knew about it.

The Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981 offers that the chief minister and his council of ministers do not dip into their very own pockets to pay earnings tax.

The quantity goes to the Revenue Tax authorities from the state exchequer – 12 months and 12 months.

“There is an act existing from 1981 during VP Singh’s time. Whatever is being done is in pursuance with that Act,” Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma mentioned on Friday.

“In times to come, we will look into any suggestion about what best can be done in this regard,” he added.

The legislation, enacted when Vishwanath Pratap Singh was the chief minister, has been in pressure in the course of the phrases of 19 chief ministers and about 1,000 ministers thus far.

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 12 months, the state authorities paid Rs 86 lakh because the ministers’ tax invoice, a senior finance ministry official mentioned.

A part 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 earnings tax burden as most ministers have been from poor backgrounds and had meagre incomes, a Congress chief and a colleague of the then chief minister VP Singh mentioned.

However over time, 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 belongings price over Rs 37 crore collectively together with his spouse Dimple, in line with the affidavit filed for the latest Lok Sabha polls.

In keeping with the affidavit submitted for the Legislative Council elections in 2017, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s belongings whole Rs 95,98,053.

Senior Congress chief and former MP, PL Punia mentioned the supply would not appear proper and wishes evaluation.

“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, mentioned.

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

A Samajwadi Get together chief mentioned he’s not conscious of any such rest for ministers and can have the ability to converse on it solely after discussing it with senior social gathering leaders.

The state’s Legislation Minister Brijesh Pathak mentioned he can be ready to talk on the problem solely after getting it verified from his officers.

Social activist Anil Kumar mentioned the information is 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 mentioned.

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