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Congress claims credit for EPF tax rollback

In the face of all round attack, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday completely rolled back the controversial proposal.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 9, 2016 12:29:21 am
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Parliament on the first day of budget session in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. (PTI Photo)

WITH THE government announcing rollback of the Budget proposal to tax 60 per cent of withdrawal on contribution to the Employee Provident Fund, the Congress on Tuesday claimed victory and said the move to tax EPF reflected the government’s anti-people mindset.
“Whenever somebody is being oppressed wrongly or acted against wrongly or victimised, I tend to try and help those people. I felt salaried people, middle-class people were being hurt by the government so I decided to put some pressure on the government. So I very happy that they have got some relief,” said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

After remaining silent for three days, Rahul had on February 3 asked the government to take back the proposal. He had argued that the move was “patently unfair”. On Tuesday, the Congress’s Twitter handle ran a hashtag #RGForcesEPFtaxWapasi.

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“Finally the government was forced to listen to people and roll back the patently unfair tax on EPF. But the attempt to tax the safety net of millions of hard working middle class people was morally wrong and shows this government’s anti-people mindset,” Rahul tweeted.

In his speech on the motion of thanks to President’s Address, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury too attacked the government on the issue.

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Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha tweeted “Modi, ONCE AGAIN, quickly/ meekly caves in to pressure exerted by @OfficeOfRG, fighting for the common man. #EPF(sic)”.

“You are taxing Employee Provident Fund… What is this maximum governance and minimum  government? You make a proposal. Four different interpretations come from four different sources in the Finance Ministry. Then, finally, it is rolled back. You will tax the hard- earned savings of the employees, your working people,” he said.

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