Gujarat sugar co-ops intend to meet PM

Farmers’ representatives want to raise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the case of income-tax recovery notices slapped on South Gujarat sugar cooperatives. The PM is on a visit to his home-state, reports Times of India.

The income tax department has sent recovery notices to some of the largest sugar cooperative clusters of South Gujarat. The notices suggest that 14 cooperatives evaded Rs 1,399 crore in taxes between 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Farmer’s representatives argue that agricultural incomes are exempt from tax under the I-T Act. According to the notices, the I-T department has considered sugar cooperatives to be industrial firms.

Farmers’ key representative, Jayesh Patel, was detained by police in Surat before could make the representation to the PM.

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