Kanpur: All rag pickers and vendors are not from poverty-stricken backgrounds. If you meet a rag picker or street vendor in the Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh don’t be mistaken that they are from a poorly paid background.
In a shocking survey made by the Income Tax Department of Kanpur district, as many as 256 rag-pickers and street vendors have been found to be millionaires but they smartly evade taxes.
The Income Tax Department and GST investigated with the help of software.
The report found out that many people who have been working as rag-pickers owned more than three cars.
The vendors, including several small fruit sellers and shopkeepers, bought property worth Rs 375 crore within the last four years. Out of these, two sanitary workers from Beconganj and one in Lalbangla have built up properties worth more than ten crores in the past two years. However, they did not pay a single rupee outside of the GST registration.
They have been questioned about the property, which are located in expensive areas of the city such as Aryanagar, Hulaganj, Birhana Road, Gumti, Pirod, and Swaroop Nagar,
The report also says that they bought around 650 bighas of agricultural property in and around the rural areas of Bithoor, Bilhaur, Farukhabad, Naramau, Kanpur Nagar, Mandhana, Kakwan, and Sarsaul.