Punjab News: People in Punjab are bearing the burden of income tax of Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs

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  • In Punjab, the tax on the salary of MLAs and ministers is being paid from the exchequer.
  • It is being told that such a system is not only in Punjab but also in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • In such a situation, the question is arising that why the money of the government treasury should be used to give relief from tax to the politicians.

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Recently, a scheme of the Congress government of Punjab is in discussion, under which the tax on the salary of MLAs and ministers is being filled from the exchequer. According to media reports, such a system is not only in Punjab but also in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In such a situation, the question is arising that why should the money deposited in the public treasury, which is collected by taxing the hard earned money of the public, be used to give tax relief to the politicians.

Our partner channel Times Now found out in its investigation that the tax of many MLAs of Punjab Legislative Assembly is paid from the state exchequer. At a time when the general public across the country is going through a severe economic crisis due to the Corona epidemic, this exemption given to the elected representatives of the people is not being embraced by anyone. The investigation also revealed that among those who got the exemption, there are leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal not only from Congress.

Yogi had set an example in UP
In the year 2019, a step of UP CM Yogi Adityanath was also very much discussed. The reason was quite the opposite, he had stopped a similar tradition going on in UP after almost 40 years. At that time, Yogi had said that now the income tax of any minister or chief minister will not be filled from the government treasury, but the person concerned will fill it from his own property.

‘Told the ministers the poor’
In Uttar Pradesh, due to a four-decade-old law, the income tax of the Chief Minister and all the ministers was paid from the government treasury, because in which it has been said that they cannot pay income tax from their low income, calling them poor. The Uttar Pradesh Minister’s Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act was enacted in 1981, when VP Singh was the Chief Minister. Since then, 19 Chief Ministers have changed in the state, but this law has remained in its place.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

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