In a letter shot off to the prime minister on August 25 this yr, the physique argued that if the pensions of the Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies will not be taxable, then why does the federal government levy earnings tax on the pension of retired staff.
“Each retired particular person is paid pension as a superannuation fund for his/her livelihood on account of serving the nation for therefore a few years.
“Now, the query is raised why the earnings tax is levied on pension (of retired staff). This isn’t an earnings for any service or work. If MPs and MLAs pension isn’t taxable, why our pension is taxed?” the physique acknowledged within the letter.
The physique in its first all-India convention held at Shirdi (Maharashtra) on July 23, 2018 has resolved that pension needs to be exempted from earnings tax. Since then, this difficulty is repeatedly being raised by this organisation with the finance minister, however there isn’t a response from the ministry, it acknowledged.
Within the letter to the PM, the physique added, “Bharatiya Pensioners Manch urges upon you to kindly intervene into the matter and direct the Ministry of Finance to contemplate this lengthy pending real demand of pensioners. An early and instant motion with a line of reply to this organisation will probably be extremely appreciated.”
The physique additionally acknowledged that it wrote to the Minister of Finance on the difficulty on August 23, 2018, on December 14, 2018 and on February 25, 2021.
Referring to their earlier letters written to the Minister of Finance, the physique mentioned, “We’re sorry to say that nothing has been completed to this point on this regard.”
The physique additionally referred to an apex court docket order the place the Supreme Court docket had held that pension is efficacious proper vested in a authorities servant and that the appropriate to obtain pension is a property beneath Article 31 of the Structure. Whether it is denied to an worker, a writ of mandamus might be issued to the state to correctly contemplate the declare of the pensioner for fee of pension in line with regulation, it added referring to the SC ruling.