LS passes Bill to tax money deposited in banks after demonetisation
LS passes Bill: As per the proposed amendment, those caught illegally converting money will have to cough up 60 per cent tax plus penalties, which will come to 85 per cent. Amid din, a Bill that seeks to tax money deposited in banks post demonetisation was passed in the Lok Sabha within minutes without any debate.
Amid fierce shouting of slogans by the Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2016 was brought after it came to the government’s notice that some people were trying to illegally exchange the demonetised Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes.
He said as per the proposed amendment, those caught illegally converting money will have to cough up 60 per cent tax plus penalties, which will come to 85 per cent.
“It will give means to the Government of India to run schemes like Garib Kalyan Kosh…I urge the House to accept the amendments,” he said.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that since the Bill is of urgent public importance, it had to be passed immediately. Though she wanted a debate, she said “it is impossible” because of the behaviour of the Opposition members.
She also disallowed some amendments moved by the Opposition members as they required approval of the President, which could not be obtained.
Two amendments by N.K. Premchandran (RSP) and B. Mahtab (BJD) were allowed. While Mr. Premchandran refused to move the amendment as he was shouting slogans, Mr. Mahtab’s was negated by a voice vote. The Bill was later passed by a voice vote amid din.
-PTI, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 29, 2016