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Nothing short of complete withdrawal of Property Tax acceptable: Sadhotra

Ajay Kumar Sadhotra
Ajay Kumar Sadhotra

Jammu: Former minister and senior National Conference leader, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, has stated that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not accept anything less than a complete withdrawal of Property Tax.

Sadhotra today wondered over the parallels being drawn by the government between Jammu and Kashmir and other states of the country in a bid to justify its anti-people, illogical and authoritarian decision of levying property tax.

“The desperate attempts of launching a propaganda campaign through media and all its administrative apparatus is a candid admission of the government that it is on defensive in the wake of stiff resistance being given by the people to its unwarranted and provocative decisions, one after another,” Sadhotra said in a statement.

He said the government cannot compare J&K with other states in respect of the civic facilities, which are reduced to the extent of filth all over, especially during the past few years. Instead of upgrading these facilities, the people in the urban and semi-urban areas are being punished by way of paying taxes.

He referred to the filth and garbage in the Jammu City– the most thronged pilgrim destination in north India and said the conditions are worse in the areas like Bantalab, Muthi, Ploura, Durga Nagar and similar other localities, which stand testimony to the municipal apathy.

“Irony of the non governance is that instead of going for the course correction those holding the constitutional position are mocking the people by provocative gestures like their purchasing capacities”, he said, hoping that bare minimum sensitivity would be shown by responsible people at the helm. Such tantrums are against civility and good human behaviour, the former minister said.

Sadhotra feared that the decision of imposing the property tax would be extended to the rural area once implemented in the urban pockets. The government is testing the public response as well as patience by imposing unjust decisions on them, he said.


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