The members of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh on Sunday criticised the UT administration for increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and other goods.
The meet was held under the chairmanship of Baljinder Singh Bittu at the People Convention Centre, Sector 36.
The members said increase in the VAT was an unnecessarily burden on the city residents. “The officials should not forget that Chandigarh is a city of employees and retired persons, who can’t afford such heavy dose of taxes. Moreover, the pace of development works does not match with the increasing taxes,” said Bittu.
He also expressed concern over a proposal to increase electricity tariff by 15%. “Last year, the House tax was increased 10 times but the city residents paid it happily. Similarly the parking fee was increased by 100%, that too on hourly basis, which is totally irrational,” he added.
“There is a need for a citizen charter that will help people know about the development process and completion time of a project. We will soon hold a meet with the Chandigarh Housing Board to discuss the pending issues of various housing associations,” added. Bittu.
Hitesh Puri, chief spokesperson, elaborated on the increasing taxes on essential goods in the city. “The revenue will not increase by increasing the taxes. The sale as well as business will shift to the adjoining states.”
He also raised concern over double tax on some essential commodities like paddy and rice. v