PSUs barred from funding electoral trusts

The income tax department has barred state-owned companies and foreign sources such as trusts and foundations from contributing money to electoral trusts that are formed to fund political parties.

Amending the Rule 17CA of I-T Act, CBDT said an electoral trust will not be allowed to accept contributions from “a government company” as well as “a foreign source” as defined under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

The definition of foreign source is wide and includes foreign government, trust or a foundation, society, club or other associations registered overseas. It also includes foreign and Indian companies in which over 50 per cent of shares is held by foreigners, trade unions and trusts, societies or associations of individuals registered abroad...................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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