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TMC MP writes to Finance Minister to withdraw mandatory ITR submission condition for Haj pilgrims | India News


NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress Deputy Sajda Ahmed has written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calling for the mandatory condition that Haj pilgrims submit income tax returns for Muslims from all economic sectors to be withdrawn can make the pilgrimage.
An income tax rule, which makes filing mandatory for overseas visits costing more than Rs 2 lakh, including pilgrimages, has bothered Haj pilgrims.
“The government of India has imposed a mandatory ITR presentation for Haj pilgrims. This decision may be the reform of the tax system. On the other hand, this mandatory provision is fraught with difficulties for Haj pilgrims, “said Ahmed.
“As you know, only 1.6 percent of the country’s population has RTIs. Many people in the country do not have PAN cards … and Muslims are not outside of those parentheses,” he said.
The MP further said that Haj is one of the five compulsory pillars of Islam and that all Muslims who cross the economic divide have a dream of ending the pilgrimage.
“You may know that some poor people living below the low income line also perform the Haj … I ask you to remove the mandatory condition of presenting ITR for Haj pilgrims and consider pausing the GST for services del Haj, “the TMC MP, who is also a member of the permanent parliamentary energy committee, said in his letter.

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