New Delhi(web team): After making Permanent Account Number mandatory for transactions exceeding Rs one lakh in a bid to curb black money, the government is planning to hold camps across the country on the lines of Jan Dhan Yojana to encourage people to take PAN cards.

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The finance ministry is also proposing to provide online facility to apply for the cards and making it available in 48 hours. There was no bar on non-tax payers on taking pan cards and the government wanted all citizens to take it, sources said.

During his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said that PAN was being mandatory for any purchase or sale exceeding Rs one lakh. However, jewellery unions were up in arms asking government to exempt the sector from this law.

Meanwhile, in Lok Sabha on Tuesday BJP's Bhavnagar MP Bhartiben D Shyal asked the government to allow farmers and illiterate people to use ration cards or bank account IDs to purchase jewellery over Rs one lakh as they did not have PAN cards. She said that in the absence of the card, people were forced to buy jewellery in someone else's name.

However, the government is unlikely to change the rules as farmers are not barred from taking PAN cards, sources said. Holding camps like in the case of Jan Dhan Yojana, under which 150 million accounts were opened for the poor, would help people take PAN cards, they said.

The move was part of steps taken by government to curtail black money. The government is all set to take up the black money bill in Parliament. According to sources, several opposition MPs were in favour of referring the bill to a standing committee. However, government is determined to take it up in the session.

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BJP's Bhavnagar MP Bhartiben D Shyal asked the government to allow farmers and illiterate people to use ration cards or bank account IDs to purchase jewellery over Rs one lakh as they did not have PAN cards. She said that in the absence of the card, people were forced to buy jewellery in someone else's name.

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