JAMMU: Asserting that this was not the proper time for implementation of Property Tax statute, the Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCI) Jammu on Thursday appealed to the Union Territory Administration to keep the concerned Statutory Order(S.O.) 87 in abeyance till the time people at large are properly educated about property tax rules and procedures.
This was expressed by Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu while addressing an emergent meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries held here today at the Chamber House to discuss the issue of property tax imposition from 1st April 2023.
The meeting attended by the representatives of various Bazaar Associations of Jammu was chaired by the CCI President Arun Gupta.
While addressing the meeting, Arun Gupta, President CCI Jammu apprised the members in detail about the move of Govt to implement property tax. He said that the Govt had decided to take this initiative last year but the Chamber of Commerce and Industries played its due role by intervening and taking up the matter with the Govt and successfully getting it stalled.
Arun Gupta said that the Chamber is not against the property tax but feels that it is not the right time to implement the property tax. He further said that government is busy in harassing the people of Jammu in one way or the other way, every department is open to issue show cause notices and eviction notices to the business community and now the government has introduced the new tax in the shape of property tax. He also said that government is comparing this property tax with those states who are already developed states but as far as Jammu is concerned we are far away from getting even the basic amenities, moreover the Jammu and Kashmir was previously a state and now the government has converted Jammu and Kashmir into a UT. There is need to understand that Jammu has not got the proper shape of development and until and unless our UT is properly developed we request to keep this order of property tax in abeyance.
In the meeting the representative of Bazar Associations and Trade Associations unanimously opposed the decision of the government to impose property tax and also they were of the opinion that if the government does not withdraw this order of property tax then chamber should take the lead and call for a Jammu Bandh. They further said that they will voluntarily close their business establishments on the appeal of Chamber of Commerce & Industry if the government will not stop harassing the trading community
Among others present in the meeting include Sh. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President CCI, Sh. Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Secretary CCI, Sh. Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer CCi, Sh. Shiv Partap Gupta, Sh. Ravinder Goel, Sh. Murari Lal Balgotra, Sh. Ashwani Gupta, Sh. Sanjay Gupta, Sh. Rajan Gupta, Sh. Anoop MIttal besides Presidents/ General Secretaries of different Bazar and Trade Associations.