Government’s Black Money Drive Rs. 3770 crores of money.
Around RSs. 3770 crore in untaxed or black money has emerged in a three-month window for defaulters to come clean, which ended yesterday, the government today said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned during his Independence day spech in August: “There is Rs. 6,500 crore undeclared income and people have started to declare their wealth.”
“Now we will start taking action against those who have not declared their assets,” said Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.According to officials, 638 people have declared money parked illegally in foreign accounts, and the declarations continued till midnight yesterday.
Those who have declared their illegal wealth can escape prosecution or jail by paying tax and penalties of around 60 per cent by December 31.The government had hoped that enabling people to declare their illegal wealth and pay a softer penalty would help recover crores in black money – a major promise of PM Modi’s election campaign last year. Mr Modi had said that Rs. 15 lakh could be given to every citizen if illegal wealth was brought back from foreign accounts, a claim that has been repeatedly panned by the Congress, which lost power last year.“The hollowness of PM Modi’s claims has been exposed before the country. He said within 100 days, the government would bring back crores in black money. It’s a shame that they have got only 3000 crores,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
India has worked with countries including Switzerland to obtain information about unaccounted money, which runs into around Rs. 18 lakh crores.The 90-day compliance window is a part of a new Black money law that also sets up a team of regulators and ex-judges to identify those who have secret accounts abroad.