Cong mem­bers per­suade mayor to roll back devel­op­ment charges

The is­sue of TS 1 cer­tifi­cate will now be re­ferred to state government, which will is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­gard­ing the mat­ter

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ar­jun Sharma ar­jun.sharma@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

Congress coun­cil­lor Gur­preet Singh Gogi on Tues­day en­gi­neered a sit­u­a­tion dur­ing the first House meet­ing, co­erc­ing mayor Har­cha­ran Singh Go­hal­waria to agree that no devel­op­ment charges would be charged for is­su­ing of TS 1 cer­tifi­cate to res­i­dents.

As the Ward Num­ber 53 coun­cil­lor raised an is­sue that had af­fected ev­ery res­i­dent of the city, coun­cil­lors from all par­ties sup­ported him and raised a col­lec­tive de­mand that devel­op­men­tal charges on is­su­ing of Tax Su­per­in­ten­dent Reg­is­ter Num­ber 1 (TS 1) cer­tifi­cate be rolled back.

"I would like to bring it to the no­tice of the House that the is­sue of TS 1 has af­fected all res­i­dents, rich and poor. The is­sue should be cleared once and for all in this House meet­ing," said Gogi, a speech that re­ceived nods from all coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing those of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) and Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD).

He said the res­i­dents were al­ready paying numer­ous taxes for their prop­er­ties, and there­fore should not be charged any other tax.

On Novem­ber 22 last year, MC com­mis­sioner RK Verma had di­rected that to get the TS 1, the res­i­dents would be re­quired to clear all dues with MC, in­clud­ing water sup­ply, sew­er­age, and would have to fur­nish no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates (NOC) is­sued by those de­part­ments con­cerned. Only af­ter sub­mit­ting th­ese NOCs would a TS 1 cer­tifi­cate be is­sued, the com­mis­sioner had said. Later, af­ter a 20-minute per­sua­sion by Gogi, mayor Go­hal­waria agreed that a vot­ing should be done on the topic, fol­low­ing which a ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors raised their hands in favour of re­mov­ing the devel­op­ment charges on is­su­ing of TS 1 cer­tifi­cate.

There­after, the mayor an­nounced in the House that res­i­dents would no longer need to pay devel­op­ment charges for the cer­tifi­cate.

Gogi also tried to per­suade MC com­mis­sioner RK Verma, who was sit­ting be­side the mayor, to make an an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the de­ci­sion. How­ever, Verma said the de­ci­sion of the House was above all and would be im­ple­mented.

Now, the MC would re­fer the mat­ter to the state government that would of­fi­cially bring out a no­ti­fi­ca­tion that no devel­op­ment charges are re­quired on TS 1.

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