Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jewellers ask govt to temper tax demand
MUMBAI, MARCH 12:  The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation appealed to the government not to target its members for higher advance tax.

In a letter faxed to Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Federation has requested him to hold back the revenue department officials from going after jewellers across the country for payment of enhanced advance taxes based on last fiscal year earnings.

Haresh Soni, Chairman, GJF, told Business Line: “We have received complaints from our members particularly from Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Gujarat claiming that the income tax department is pressurising them to match their last year’s advance tax payment so that the department can at least reach close to the target set by the government.”

It is difficult to pay advance taxes at the rate of last financial year’s income since the overall business of gold jewellery trade is down by 40 per cent, he said.

“We want the department to consider the advance tax payment on realistic figures as declared by member assesses. We are willingly to pay the taxes based on our declared income for the year,” said Soni.

The government's gold control rule has resulted in lower than expected turnover by the Indian gems and jewellery industry and the insistence of additional payment of advance taxes by revenue officials has impacted the overall morale of the business very badly amid a period of gloom on the economic front, he said.

The gem and jewellery contribution to overall export is expected to fall to 15 per cent this year compared to 17-18 per cent achieved last fiscal. The domestic jewellery trade is pegged at Rs.2.5 lakh crore, which is down by about 30-40 per cent, said Soni.

Advance tax is a system of staggered payment of income-tax over four quarters, and is generally considered as a barometer of a company’s performance during a quarter.

The government has restricted import of gold in a bid to bridge the widening current account deficit. This has impacted the availability of gold at reasonable cost for jewellery makers and dampened the sentiment of jewellery buyers in most quarters of the financial year.