Tax harassment cannot be tolerated: wealth creators will be respected in the country, says FM Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, 01 February 2020 announced to introduce Kisan Rail in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode for cold supply chain to transport perishable goods. IN her second Union Budget for 2020-21 presented in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman also proposed several benefits for farmers. “To build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, the Indian Railways will set up Kisan Rail through PPP model so that perishable goods can be transported quickly,” she said. Refrigerated parcel vans on select mail express and freight trains for carrying perishable cargo was also on the anvil. Perishable goods like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, meat need to be carried in such temperature controlled vans to travel long distances. The proposal to use refrigerated parcel vans to ferry perishables was first announced by then railway minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2009-10 Budget, however, it has failed to take off. She also said the days of Inspector Raj is over. Businesspeople should be respected as wealth creators. The government will amend the Companies Act to decriminalise civil offences. Harassment by tax officials will not be tolerated and added that wealth creators will be respected in the country.

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