Govt to form committees to review increase in holding tax: Banna
Big relief for traders ahead of Diwali
Ranchi/Jamshedpur, October 20: In a major relief for big and middle-level traders ahead of Diwali in the steel city of Jamshedpur, the state urban development and housing department has decided to withdraw increase in rate of shop rent of Sairat Bazar (market complex).
Significantly, there were 10 sairat bazaar set up by Tata Steel in the company command areas.
Until the new rate is fixed, the traders will have to pay the rent at the old rate.
On Thursday, at a meeting held in the State Secretariat in Project Bhawan Ranchi chaired by the Health Minister and MLA from Jamshedpur West, Banna Gupta, and attended by officials of the urban development department including its secretary, Vinay Kumar Choubey took this decision for larger interest of the masses.
Addressing the meeting, Banna Gupta said that the increase in the rent of shops of Sairat Bazaar by the district administration and the civic body is not justified and urged the officers to cancel the increased rate with immediate effect and form a new committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (Vijaya Jadhav) and assess the present condition of the shops, make partial increase on the old rate so that there is not much pressure on the traders.
He said that in the past, a development plan was prepared by Tata Steel for the protection and renovation of the shop and the market, and if that plan is proper, then prepare a plan for the development of the market on the basis of that or on its own level.
Secretary, Vinay Kumar Choubey said that the district administration and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) should jointly assess the location and current situation of markets and shops and also get its drone mapping done.
“Till the new rate is not fixed, the rent should be taken by Tata at the rate fixed in 1985. Meanwhile, the district administration and JNAC fix the new rate by reasonable increase in the rent rate,” said Choubey.
In the meeting, Banna Gupta expressed displeasure over not repairing street lights on time by EESL and said that during Diwali and Chhath, no light should be damaged in Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Jugsalai and Mango Municipal Corporation area keeping in mind that it should be done without delay.
Vinay Kumar Choubey also gave necessary instructions to the officers in this regard.
The health minister also talked about the complaints about the increase in the holding tax. On this it was decided by the departmental secretary that a committee would be formed to review the increase in the holding tax in all the municipal bodies of the state. The committee will prepare its report and submit it to the government, after which further action will be taken.
A release issued by Banna Gupta’s office also said that increase in property tax (holding tax) in Jugsalai Municipal Council, Jhumri Tilaiya Municipal Council and Domchanch has been stayed until further orders, as well as on the unexpected increase in rent of Sairat Bazar in Jamshedpur have also been put on hold till further orders.
“A high-level departmental level committee will be constituted which will assess the new rates after reviewing all the situations by November 15,” the release said.
He said that after the report of the committee, the entire matter would be brought again to the cabinet for revision so that it could be decided afresh in public interest.