Arun Jaitley unveiled an ‘action plan’ for the NDA, an alliance of 10 parties that includes Ezhava party Bharat Dharma Jana Sena, which focuses on Dalits, tribals and the backward communities.
Addressing the media in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi overrode objections raised by then defence minister A K Antony regarding field trial of the choppers.
Jaitley assured that the government is taking action and has already served notice on some named in the Panama Papers leaks on tax evasion and of stashing money overseas.
For 2014-15, EPFO had a surplus of Rs 1,604.05 crore for 2014-15 on a total principal amount of Rs 3.30 trillion rupees.
Jaitley said the UPA government had imposed taxes on jewellery in 2005 but had recalled it in 2009 in the face of stiff opposition. It again imposed it in 2012 but recalled the same again.
A month into the current financial year, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has already exhausted over half of this earmarked amount. And by end-June, not even a quarter may be left.
Jaitley said the government is taking various steps, including introduction of Bankruptcy Law in the Lok Sabha, to deal with the problem of mounting bad loans.
The remarks came after Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned if a deal was struck between Modi and his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi.
Arun Jaitley, who is here on a seven-day official tour, however did not say if a fresh probe may be ordered in the case but remarked that he was “not in touch with what is happening at home.”
In a clarion call to the international community, he said, “we have to continue and toughen our collective fight against these evils.”
Jaitley said protectionist tendencies in developed countries were worrisome but all countries look after their own interests in matters of trade
Jaitley emphasised that Indian industry has set up establishments in China and Chinese investments have also come into India in “a big way”.
Healthcare services are defined in a restrictive manner to cover services by way of diagnosis, treatment and care and no exemption is available for services offered for aesthetic / beauty enhancement purposes.
Jaitley also asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to beef up its resources to ensure ‘future-proofing’ of the global economy against recurrence of financial crisis.
Last year, the US Congress imposed a special fee of up to $4,500 on H-1B and L-1 visas – popular among Indian IT companies – to fund a 9/11 healthcare Act and biometric tracking system.