Rahul demands rollback of proposed EPF withdrawal tax
New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today
demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi roll back the proposal
for taxing employee provident fund withdrawals.
"EPF is the safety net of the employees and imposing a tax on this
is wrong. I will urge the Prime Minister to announce... That the
tax will be rolled back," Gandhi said.
He said that Modi should instill onfidence in the employees and
voters by withdrawing the proposal.
The total portfolio under the pension and provident fund scheme
is estimated to be around Rs 6.5 lakh crore.
Taking a jibe again at the Government's proposed amnesty scheme
on black money, announced by Jaitley in the Union Budget for the
next fiscal, the Congress Vice President said that the relief should
be given to the employees and not to the "thieves."
"I had said yesterday that you (Modi) have given the fair and lovely
scheme to thieves. (Instead) Our voters and employees should get
relief," he added.
Picking on the one-time compliance window announced in the Budget
as a "Fair and Lovely" scheme, Gandhi had yesterday said this was
nothing but a move to turn the black money into white.
"The Finance Minister has announced a new scheme-Fair and Lovely
scheme. In this scheme, any thief of the country can convert his
black money into white. If anyone indulges in corruption, he can
convert his black money into white using the Fair and Lovely scheme,"
Gandhi had said.