3 ministers in Yogi cabinet seek repeal of tax provision
UP hashad19 CMs — including Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party, Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh of BJP and ND Tiwari of Congress — since the law was enacted. There have been nearly 1,000 ministers since then.
The move to revisit the 38-year-old law followed outrage within the government and outside about how wealthy ministers deemed to be “poor” were shifting their tax burden on the common man.
Even members of the Yogi government have had their income tax deposited from the state treasury in the last two financial years. This financial year, the income tax bill of Adityanath and his council of ministers was around Rs 86 lakh and was paid from state treasury. UP minister and government spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said the 1981 law
could be revisited if all legislators support the move. Another cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma told TOI the CM is determined to repeal obsolete laws, which are a baggage of earlier regimes.
At least three cabinet ministers in the Yogi government had sought repeal of the controversial provision in the forthcoming special assembly session from October 1 as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
Aformer minister in the Congress government, Ram Krishna Dwivedi, described the provision as immoral and against constitutional propriety. Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput said the income tax buffer for ministers may have been justifiable 40 years ago when they would get a paltry monthly salary of Rs 1,000 but now CMs and ministers have assets worth crores of rupees. “If their income tax is being paid by the state government, it’s criminal,” he said.