Panicked over low score in Lok Sabha elections, results of which were declared on May 16, the SAD-led state gover nment has initiated discussions on property tax, which is considered to be one of the several reasons of party’s loss in Punjab.
The party, along with its ally BJP, got six seats out of the total 13 across the state.
SAD got only four seats. Congress has been protesting against the property tax since it came into force on April 1 last year.
Congress claimed that the tax would ruin already stressed industry and other trades of the state.
The party has also made property tax an issue during elections against the state government.
To discuss the issue with different organisations, secretary of the local bodies department, Ashok Kumar Gupta, would visit Ludhiana on Wednesday. These organisations would give suggestions to Gupta, who would later discuss the matter with senior gover nment functionaries at Chandigarh.
Organisation that would meet Gupta includes market associations of different areas and United Cycle and Par ts Manufacturer Association (UCPMA) among others.
Opposition Cong ress and different organisations of Ludhiana have been claiming in the past that property tax should not have been imposed and the old system of house tax was better.
Property tax was imposed on more than three lakh properties in Ludhiana against 90,000 properties that were assessed under house tax.
Sources in the local bodies department said the state government would take a decision on property tax after listening to the suggestions and concerns of all. Gupta would not only tour Ludhiana, but would also visit several other districts where people had opposed property tax.
UCPMA president Charanjit Singh Vishwkarma said, “Proper ty tax should immediately be abolished and old system of house tax should be imposed instead. Property tax has come as a burden on city residents. Government should immediately withdraw it.”
MC zone D commissioner PS Ghuman, who is handling property tax collection in Ludhiana, said Gupta was coming to Ludhiana to listen to the shortcomings in property tax system.
“Different associations and organisations have been invited to hold discussions on property tax at Circuit House at 5pm,” Ghuman said.
Ghuman said feedback of these associations would be considered by the top official of the local bodies department.