Will Govt abolish professional tax, questions Gadkari

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Mumbai, Mar 25 (UNI) Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari today asked whether the Government will abolish professional tax in the backdrop of cancellation of the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS).

Participating in the debate on the budget, Mr Gadkari said the money for EGS is collected from the professional tax imposed on employees.

He said EGS had the provision of Rs 478 crore, of which only Rs 78 crore was used. As many as 1,61,682 people had demanded work under EGS and only 278 people got the job for 100 days, he added.

Now, as the EGS does not exist, will the government abolish the professional tax, he questioned.

Mr Gadkari also criticised the Government for power crunch of 6,000 MW and held the Congress-NCP Government responsible for the same.

He alleged that the builders in the city were partnering with leaders of political parties, bureaucrats and other VVIPs.

Mr Gadkari questioned whether the Government followed the guidelines given by the Governor while using the money for various regions.

Questioning about rating of Maharashtra, he wondered since the Government is already under the debt of Rs 1,58,520 crore how will the state raise the money.

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