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UP treasury has paid I-T dues of all CMs, ministers since 1981

The Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act was enacted when V P Singh was CM.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2019, 03.06 PM IST
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(This story originally appeared in on Sep 13, 2019)
LUCKNOW: A four-decade-old Uttar Pradesh law puts the tax burden of the chief minister and his council of ministers on the state exchequer as they are deemed to be “poor” and “cannot pay tax from their meagre earnings”.

While many ministers, going by affidavits they file during elections, own movable and immovable assets worth crores and love flashing their wealth by acquiring swanky SUVs, it is the state, ranked among the poorer ones, which picks up the tax bill.

The law, Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981, was enacted when V P Singh was chief minister. UP has witnessed 19 chief ministers — including Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party, Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh of BJP and Narain Dutt Tewari of Congress — up to the incumbent CM Yogi Adityanath, and nearly 1,000 ministers from different parties since then.

While getting the bill passed by the state assembly then, Singh had told the House that the state government should bear the income tax burden as most ministers were from poor backgrounds and had meagre incomes.

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A section of the Act says, “Every minister and minister of state shall be entitled, throughout term of his office, to a salary of one thousand rupees per month. Every deputy minister shall be entitled, throughout the term of his office, to a salary of six hundred and fifty rupees per month.

“The salary referred to in sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be exclusive of the tax payable in respect of such salary (including perquisites) under any law relating to income tax for the time being in force, and such tax shall be borne by the state government.”

UP principal secretary (finance) Sanjiv Mittal confirmed to TOI that income tax bills of the CM and his council of ministers were paid by the state government as mandated under the 1981 Act. This financial year, the income tax bill of Adityanath and his council of ministers was around Rs 86 lakh and was paid from the state treasury.
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