New Delhi, December 19
Keeping black money and poll funding on radar, the Election Commission on Sunday urged the Modi government to amend age old laws and ban anonymous contributions of Rs 2,000 and above to the political parties.
The proposal by the EC came just a day after the Modi government had made an easing remark that government is not touching up exemption of political parties in their party funds.
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia had said that political parties depositing old currency in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes in their accounts will be exempt from income tax as far as the donations are below Rs 20,000 per individual and are properly documented.
EC in its current proposal noted that as there is no constitutional or statutory prohibition on receipt of anonymous donations by political parties, so an amendment is required to remove the flow of black money in the polls to foster transparent elections in the nation.
Currently there is an “indirect partial ban” on anonymous donations only above Rs 20,000, under section 29C of The Representation of the People Act, 1951. Anyone contributing above this bar, are mandated to bring out the declaration of donations.
The proposed amendment by the Commission to the government says, “anonymous contributions above or equal to the amount of rupees two thousand should be prohibited.”