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Operation Clean Money to Perform a Surgical Strike on 18 Lakh Accounts

Individuals will be asked to divulge source of large cash transactions post demonetisation The government said it has identified 18 lakh individuals who will be required to divulge the source of large cash transactions that they  undertook in the weeks after demonetisation as part of the income-tax  department’s Operation Clean Money/ Swachh Dhan Abhiyan initiative. An integral part of the government’s campaign against black money, the  account holders have been targeted through the use of data analytics  to sift through information for the period between November 9, when the  old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes ceased to be legal tender, and December 30, when the window for their deposit in banks ended. These 18 lakh persons have been identified by the tax department as their  transactions did not match their tax profile. Cases are being selected for verification on the basis of approved risk criteria, officials said. The tax department has enabled online verification of these transaction…

Economic Survey indicates high tax on gold to continue

Jewellery sector will be most disappointed if no relief comes from Budget, especially after note ban

Economic Survey for 2016-17 has indicated that implicit subsidy for gold is still too high and it mostly goes to the middle class. Market
participants say that this indicates that government is looking to have higher tax revenues from gold.

Survey notes that the calculations of implicit subsidies for the middle class, which forms top 40 per cent population, is estimated based 
on expenditure distribution as per NSS data of 2011-12

LPG subsidy for this class has been estimated at Rs 28,219 crore for 15-16 and for gold it has been estimated at Rs. 10,800 crore which is 
0.08 per cent of GDP. Surendra Mehta, secretary, Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association said that, "indications from the survey which says 
that implicit subsidy on gold is still high is building a case for GST rate higher that 4 per cent". Going by survey indications, he doesn't
think there will be reduction in c…

Use RBI equity to recapitalise PSBs

ANUPROY

The Economic Survey 2016-17, released on Tuesday,yet again harpedonusing the Reserve Bank of India’s(RBI) equity to recapitalise 
government banks. It argued after demonetisation, the “windfall” would boost the central bank’sfinances.

Last year,when the Survey made this suggestion,then RBI governor Raghuram Rajan was critical of the proposal, arguing high equity 
was needed for the stability of the central bank.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of the old series Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8,people 
had till December 30 to deposit the old  notes in banks. This led to the “windfall” of swelling deposits.

This year, the Economic Survey has argued the central bank had more than adequate equity.Infact,it had the fourth largest equity 
as a percent of central bank balance sheet in the world.From this,the RBI could easily return Rs 4 lakh crore to the government.

“There is no particular reason why this extra capital should be kept with RBI.Even at cur…

Early lifting of withdrawal limits to fuel optimism

N SUNDARESHA SUBRAMANIAN

Opening with spiritual leader Ramakrishna Paramhansas" Takamati, matitaka ,"Bengali for money is mud,the Economic Survey 2016 17s 
demonetisation chapter skipped difficult questions on note-ban implementation,while trying to figure out how best to milk the note 
ban, described as money-vacuuming chopperor "helicopter hoovering” or the opposite of helicopter money, which involves distribution
of printed money to the public.

Advising against any impulse to penalise cash withdrawals in the short term,chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian in the Survey 
said, "The early elimination of withdrawal limits will help build confidence.By the same token, there should be no penalties on cash
withdrawals, which would only encourage cash hoarding." Supply of currency should follow actual demand and not be dictated by official
estimates of "desirable demand". In other words,"the Reserve Bank of India should re-establish internal convertibi…

Municipalities don't realise potential from property tax: Economic Survey

It adds, Bengaluru and Jaipur are collecting no more than 5 to 20% of the potential

India’s urban local bodies, or municipalities, have a huge potential to raise resources through taxation such as
property tax, the Economic Survey said. It said a low level of per capita expenditure of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
against state per capita expenditure shows either states are not devolving adequate financial resources for these
bodies or ULBs are not raising resources on their own.

The Survey’s assessment of property tax collection potential of Bengaluru and Jaipur shows that currently both these
cities are collecting no more than 5 to 20 per cent of the potential. The study on municipal finances conducted by
the 14th Finance Commission indicated per capita revenue from property taxes was ~1,677 at most, with a low of just
Rs 42. The Survey said with higher devolution of taxes to the states and grants to ULBs after the 14th Finance Commission,
overall public funds available for urban rejuvenation h…