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Tax Collection Woes of the Government

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Budget 2017-18

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2017-18 Budget speech in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday explained the rationale of demonetisation and the push towards digital transactions by citing the tax evasion figures of those who do not file returns at all and those who under-quote their profits.

He said of the 4.2 crore who were employed in the organised sector, only 1.74 crore files tax returns, and out of the 5.6 crore individual enterprises and firms doing small business, only 1.81 crore filed returns. And among the 13.94 lakh companies which are registered till March 31, 2014, only 5.97 lakh companies filed returns for 2016-17. And of the 5.97 lakh companies which have filed returns, 2.76 lakh companies have shown losses or zero income. Among those which showed profit, 2.85 lakh companies have shown less than Rs 1 crore in profit, 28,667 have shown profits between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 crore, and only 7781 companies showed more than Rs 10 crore in profit.

Of the 3.7 crore individuals who have filed tax returns in 2015-16, 99 lakh showed the exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh per annum, 1.95 crore showed an annual income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, 52 lakh showed income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh and only 24 lakh showed annual income more than Rs 10 lakh. And of the 76 lakh who showed income above Rs 5 lakh, 56 lakh were in the salaried class. Only 1.72 lakh showed income of more than Rs 50 lakh per annum.

Jaitley in his speech said, “We can contrast this with the fact that in the last five years, more than 1.25 crore cars have been sold, and the people who flew abroad, either for business or tourism, is 2 crore in the year 2015. From all these figures we can conclude that we are largely a tax non-compliant society.”

And he argues, “The predominance of cash in the economy makes it possible for the people to evade their taxes. When too many people evade taxes, the burden of their share falls on those who are honest and compliant.”

Then he referred to the preliminary analysis of data with regard to deposits in the Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denominations: “During the period November 8  to December 30 , 2016, deposits between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 80 lakh were made in 1.09 crore accounts with an average deposit size of Rs 5.03 lakh. Deposits of more Rs 80 lakh were made in 1.48 lakh accounts with average deposit size of Rs 3.31 crores.”

He concluded: “This data mining will help us immensely in expanding the tax net as well as increasing the revenues, which was one of the objectives of demonetisation.”

Lead Picture: The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley along with the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal arrives at Parliament House to present the General Budget 2017-18, in New Delhi. Photo: PIB[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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VIRAL: Elephant Jeymalyatha brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu, Peta India demands action

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

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Elephant Jeymalyatha

In an animal-cruelty incident, an elephant named Jeymalyatha was brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu. The video of the incident is viral and has triggered massive outrage on social media.

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

PETA India shared the video on Twitter and demanded stringent action against the mahouts. In the video, Jeymalyatha could be seen crying in pain as the mahouts continuously kept thrashing her with sticks. PETA India has sent an urgent appeal to the chief wildlife wardens of Assam and Tamil Nadu and demanded the enforcement of the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972, by filling a preliminary offence report under Section 51 against mahouts involved and under Section 48 against the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

The organisation also demanded to seize the abused elephant and rehabilitate her at a sanctuary.

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Tickets? UP Police constables beat up TT on Gorakhdham Express in Kanpur | WATCH

The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

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UP Police constables beat up TT in Gorakhdham Express

In a shocking incident, the railway head TT was beaten up by two Uttar Pradesh police constables at Kanpur Central Railway Station. According to the reports, the constables were travelling without a ticket on a train from Gorakhpur to Bhatinda, and when the TT asked them to get off the train, they thrashed him fiercely. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on the Gorakhdham Express on Tuesday.

TT Rambaran, who was on duty, took the train from Lucknow. On Twitter, Aditya Tiwari shared the video of TT narrating the whole incident. He said when he asked for the ticket, the constables said they would get down at Kanpur. After that, when he asked them to step down from the train at the Kanpur station, police constables beat him brutally.

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TT Rambaran also said the constables even tried to throw him off the train, but the passengers who were there on the train helped him save his life. The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

The victim lodged a complaint against the constables in GRP Kanpur. GRP inspector R.B. Dwivedi said they reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident. He further said the FIR has been registered and the investigation is underway.

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No CNG sale in Delhi today, Dealers Association calls for protest; here’s why

The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

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The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has announced that there will be no CNG sale in Delhi on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm. The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Delhi Association called for the protest as the reimbursement of the electricity bill of CNG pumps is not being done by IGL and is long overdue which has been causing them huge losses every day. The protest will affect about 250 CNG pumps in the capital.

In a letter last month, DPDA President Anurag Jain wrote, We have decided to go for no CNG sale on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm as a mark of protest. He further said the DPDA is forced to take this step due to the reluctance shown by IGL to pay the actual electricity reimbursement of CNG facilities to the dealers of Delhi who are incurring huge financial losses every month.

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In Delhi, the electricity bill of the petrol pumps is paid by IGL, and CNG consumes a lot of electricity. DPDA says that IGL has not been paying the electricity bill for a long time, due to which they are suffering huge losses. And this is the reason the association has announced it will close CNG pumps today.

DPDA said there was a meeting organized with IGL in March 2022 to solve the issue, and IGL even agreed on the reimbursement of the electricity bill. After this meeting, the dealers were assured that the issue would be resolved in a month. DPDA said the issue has not been resolved yet and IGL didn’t fulfill its promise.

The non-fulfillment of DPDA’s demands has led them to take the step of closure of CNG pumps in Delhi on August 10. CNG is currently being sold at Rs 75.61 per kg in Delhi.

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