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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:42 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:42 AM (IST)

People against professional tax

Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 8

Middle income group people from diverse fields have demanded removal of professional tax (Rs 2,400 annually).

Jaspreet Singh, an employee with a national private concern, said taxes have been on an ascending order as far as middle income families are concerned while they are denied benefits of prominent health schemes and other social welfare plans. He said he was earning Rs 28,000 monthly which makes it to Rs 3.36 lakh annually. Being a single earning hand coupled with responsibility of raising two children, it becomes a challenging task to make both ends meet, he says.

Around 37 lakh Income Tax assessees of the state have to shell out Rs 2,400 per annum as professional tax as per the recommendations of the state budget.

Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal general secretary Sameer Jain said that as per the norms, all those earning above Rs 2.5 lakh annually would have to shell out the tax. He pointed out that the state government was staring at Rs 2,11,523 crore from previous Rs 1,95,978 crore. “The fund-starved government is attempting to shore up its income by increasing taxes besides imposing new ones,” he remarked.

He said a large number of traders fall in middle income group families. Facing high medical, education, operating business cost and other expenses make it a tiresome burden.

He said the government announced power to industry at Rs 5 per unit and to provide Rs 1,440 crore subsidy for the same to the PSPCL.

However, the industry was getting power bill at high tariff as the units, he added.

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