After the below-par performance by the SAD-BJP alliance in the parliamentary polls and with the issue of property tax being seen as one of the reasons behind the drubbing, the administration has fasttracked the process to review the rates of property tax.
The administration has started making fast-paced efforts in this direction in Bathinda also with an eye on the approaching elections for the municipal corporation. As the alliance candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who registered victory by a slender margin of about 19,000 votes, suffered drubbing in Bathinda (urban) assembly segment where she trailed by over 29,000 votes to Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal, the alliance is apparently trying to make amends.
In the presence of local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla, an eight-member committee set up by the deputy commissioner to review the rates of property tax in Bathinda city held its second meeting here on Wednesday.
The committee led by Bathinda SDM Daman jeet Singh Mann comprises MC assistant commissioner Kamal Kant Goyal and representatives from different spheres of society, including property dealers, traders, officials of revenue department and Bathinda development authority, discussed the issue at length.
Mann said it is the part of exercise to know the views of the cross section of society on levying the property tax and will go on for next one week or so.
A report after taking views from these people will be submitted to the DC who will further apprise the state government in this regard.
General secretary of property dealers’ association, Bathinda, Sunil Singla who is also a member of the afore-said committee said in first two meetings they have expressed their opinion that levying the property tax as per collector rates of the property was a wrong decision.
“We have put forth the reason that there has been a considerable rise in the collector rates in the state in the past three years that has badly affected the real estate business itself. There is no considerable rise in the prices of property so it was not a wise move to levy the property tax on collector rates,” he said.
Importantly, before the parliamentary polls the property tax in the state was being levied on the basis of collector rates, but the relatively poor performance by the SAD-BJP alliance in the elections made the state government to make an announcement on not linking the property tax with collector rates.