The existence of a four-decade-old legislation that makes the Uttar Pradesh authorities pay the income 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 supplies that the chief minister and his council of ministers don’t dip into their own pockets to pay income tax.
The quantity goes to the Income Tax authorities from the state exchequer – yr and yr.
“There is an act present from 1981 throughout V P Singh’s time. Whatever is being performed is in pursuance with that Act,” Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Shrikant Sharma mentioned on Friday.
“In instances to come back, we are going to look into any suggestion about what finest may be performed on this regard,” he added.
The legislation, enacted when Vishwanath Pratap Singh was the chief minister, has been in drive through the phrases of 19 CMs and about 1,000 ministers to date.
For the final monetary yr, the state authorities paid Rs 86 lakh because the ministers’ tax invoice, a senior finance ministry official mentioned.
A bit of the Act says, “The wage referred to in sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be unique of the tax payable in respect of such wage (together with perquisites) below any legislation referring to income tax in the meanwhile in drive, and such tax shall be borne by the state.”
It was argued in 1981 that the state authorities ought to bear the income 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 mentioned.
But through the years, the state has been led by leaders like Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati who’s price Rs 111 crore as per her affidavit for the Rajya Sabha polls in 2012.
Another former chief minister, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, owns belongings price over Rs 37 crore collectively along with his spouse Dimple, in accordance with the affidavit filed for the latest Lok Sabha polls.
According to the affidavit submitted for the Legislative Council elections in 2017, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s belongings complete Rs 95,98,053.
Senior Congress chief and former MP, P L Punia mentioned the availability doesn’t appear proper and wishes overview.
“The salaries have gone up a number of instances and there seems to be no relevance for this rest. It wants reconsideration and withdrawal,” 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. Verma mentioned as far he remembers he used to pay his own taxes.
An SP chief mentioned he isn’t conscious of any such rest for ministers and can be capable of converse on it solely after discussing it with senior celebration leaders.
The state’s Law Minister Brijesh Pathak mentioned he will likely be ready to talk on the difficulty 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 ought to he bear the burden of those that have all the advantages. Like all of us, they need to additionally pay for themselves as an alternative of placing an additional burden on us,” Kumar mentioned.