In UP, a law has been in existence for the last 4 decades which ensures that the state ministers do not pay their taxes since the state exchequer takes care of this.
However, according to the latest report, the UP government has decided to do away with this law.
It has been decided that ministers will start paying their own income tax from now.
Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act which was put into practice in 1981 ensured that the taxes to be paid by ministers are shelled out from the state treasury.
Back then, it was argued that the state government should bear the income tax burden as most ministers were from poor backgrounds and had meagre income.
The state government paid ₹86 lakh as the ministers’ tax bill for the last financial year.
Putting an end to this obsolete law will help the state government save a lot of money.
The people are celebrating this development (not the ministers but common man obviously). See below what people are saying about this:
@myogiadityanath— Dr. Gunjan Rajput (@GR_Chem07) September 14, 2019
Very welcome step. Every state should follow it.
A great initiative . The law should be applicable to all rhe miniters in the country as they are also the citizens of the country .
Looking forward to a better India.— Shubham kale (@Shubham14578995) September 14, 2019
Welcome step and in that good spirit, ministers should also give last 2 years of income tax😀— Tushar Arora (@tushgsvm) September 14, 2019
Excellent. Surprising that this episode went unnoticed for so long. And none of them predecessors had the moral to say NO. Unimaginable that the burden of UP legislators income tax were borne by common man. Good decision #YogiAdityanath Ji.— Hirak (@hirak1955) September 14, 2019
@SanjayAzadSln @ArvindKejriwal now is the time to hit the UP Govt with regards to income tax loot by CMs of all govt for past 30 years and put a PIL is court. All parties excepting AAP are complicit in this LOOT!!— jogani (@jogapj) September 14, 2019
Shocking! Are states paying income tax of legislatures? Shameless ! It is then only catagory who’s income tax is paid by public. Legislatures are in many ways have become parasites on public money. From telephone to air travel. Salute UP GOVT. others pl follow— d avhad (@db4india) September 14, 2019