Extend property tax scheme to all cities: VTA to State Govt
   Date :11-Jan-2022

Vidarbha Taxpayers Association
 
 
Business Bureau :
 
The Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) through a memorandum to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray; Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar; and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat urged to extend the property tax waiver scheme homes up to 500 square feet to all cities in Maharashtra. Recently, the State Government announced the property tax waiver for all homes up to 500 square feet area in Mumbai only. In a letter to the policy makers, VTA appreciated the Government of Maharashtra’s announcement. Shrawan Kumar Malu, President of VTA, welcomed this move to complete the waiver of property tax for all homes measuring 500 square feet in Mumbai.
 
“This is certainly an appreciable step which will give much relief to such citizens passing through such a tough time of pandemic in the State capital,” he said. However, Tejinder Singh Renu, Secretary of VTA said, “we categorically believe that Maharashtra doesn’t only mean Mumbai. We have many cities and towns run by respective civic bodies and such waiver must be given to all such cities of Maharashtra. Rather the threshold limit of 500 square feet should be increased to 1,000 square feet for the rest of the cities as in ratio of market value to Mumbai, the rest of the cities’ area can surely be doubled at least.” VTA highlighted that such double standard is not good governance as it reflects partiality. Entire State needs equal relief during such times. Through this representation, VTA requested the State Government to pass on such benefits to other cities too. Such waiver will be of much support for the common man, hence may please be announced as soon as possible.