Letters to the editor dated January 5, 2022

The article ‘Outdoors tax internet for too lengthy’ (January 5) has clearly acknowledged how the supply of tax-free agricultural revenue is being exploited by many to launder ‘all unlawful gratification’ and convert them into respectable revenue and that too with out paying any tax.

No surprise a lot of the rich personal tracts of agricultural lands with out participating in farming, only for the aim of passing off part of their revenue as agricultural and evade tax.

Whereas the prospect of taxing agricultural revenue is politically tough, because the writer notes, a method out could possibly be to that for folks having different taxable revenue equivalent to wage or enterprise revenue, their agricultural revenue shall be taxable at regular charges.

The rationale being that such folks don’t have interaction in agriculture for the sake of livelihood.


The large spike in Covid-19 instances in latest weeks with cities and different city areas bearing the brunt has undoubtedly signalled the third wave hitting the nation.

With the current surge in infections largely confined to city areas, focus should be turned in direction of enhancing surveillance, testing and speed up the tempo of vaccination to forestall the contagion from wreaking a havoc on our healthcare system.

Whereas the decrease charge of hospitalisation and low severity of the Omicron variant present a glimmer of hope that the third wave is probably not as calamitous because the second, pushed by the Delta pressure, each the general public authorities and the folks can hardly afford to decrease their guard.

A number of State governments have began imposing curbs on the motion of individuals to manage the unfold of virus, however their lack of curiosity in implementing bodily distancing norms in political rallies leaves lot to be desired.

Sholavandan (TN)

This refers back to the article, ‘Agriculture wants a separate finances’, (January 5). Agriculture performs a significant position within the Indian economic system, with over 70 per cent of the agricultural households relying on it.

Additionally, it contributes about 17 per cent of the GDP and supplies employment to over 60 per cent of the inhabitants.

It contains greater than 12 crore smallholder and marginal farmers, most of who face annual dangers associated to low rainfall, worth volatility, inflation, weak infrastructure, money owed and so forth.

Regardless of the Covid- induced curbs and lockdowns, the efficiency of the farm sector has been good, underlining its resilience and potential.

As a result of lack of reforms, the farm sector has remained unprofitable.

Successive governments failed to usher in reforms even because the 1991 reforms proved to be a game-changer for the Indian economic system.

Nonetheless, the passing of the farm reforms Payments and the following retreat by the Centre, resulting from protests by farmers shouldn’t discourage the Central and State governments to impact adjustments for the sector that feeds the inhabitants over 1.3 billion and employs many individuals.


If deferment of the GST charge hike on textiles is a brand new yr reward, why was the identical sort of reward not prolonged to the footwear trade? The Finance Ministry seems to be below the phantasm that the footwear sector can by some means survive regardless of the tax burden on the trade and most of the people.

The tax element performs an essential position within the manufacturing trade.

A better charge of tax will definitively discourage native consumption in addition to exports. India ought to formulate insurance policies by making an allowance for the supply of low cost Chinese language items all around the world.

In any other case the nation will lose the competitiveness on Indian merchandise.

Pathanamthitta (Kerala)

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