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Lucknow, Nov 26 : Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday appreciated the role of Uttar Pradesh in increasing the number of Income Tax Return, which has increased by many folds since 2016.
“In 2016, there was just 3.8 lakh IT return filers in UP, which increased to 21.83 lakh registered on March 31, 2021. Among these, 1.63 lakh return were filed by new individuals,” she said.
The Union Minister was speaking after inaugurating the new “Pratyaksh Kar” building here.
Sitharaman announced that her department has asked all the states and the CBDT to expedite the process of making better infrastructure of the offices of direct and indirect taxes in the country.
“I don’t want to speak politics today, but this office inauguration could have been done earlier, if we had a support from the previous government. Such things are being witnessed in some other states too,” she said.
Reiterating that the Finance department is working continuously to make the tax procedure simple and aware the people of the system, she called on the departments to pull up their socks to collect more revenue for the speedy development of the country.
“We are committed to give you better working environment and facilities, but on the other hand, we need all of you to put 100 per cent in your work,” she told the employees.
Sitharaman said the government was always concerned about the development of the country and hence this time, they have given the state’s revenue share in November itself, when it was due in March next.
The Union Minister claimed that increase in direct tax collection from UP has been invested in the state itself by improving the infrastructure like Poorwanchal and Bundelkhand expressways, free foodgrains, Covid vaccinations and health facilities, besides monthly pension of Rs 500 to 90 lakh people of different categories.
She also appreciated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was present in the function, for being pro active in development work in UP.