VJAS Support traders stir against Local Body Tax (LBT)
NAGPUR: 7TH April 2013
When Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan flatly turning down the traders' demand to do away with local body tax (LBT), the businessmen have decided to go-ahead with the indefinite strike which entered the fourth day on Saturday today got the support farmers activist group joining the stir ,will support complete trade strike with agitation taking as LBT will burn finger of common man and consumers hence all attempt of imposing double and triple tax should be opposed to saving dying rural community at large , kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in press release today .
‘The introduction LBT is completely contrary to UPA policy of VAT at single stage and avoiding double taxation ,in fact we have demanding abolishing octroi tax in local bodies but now it is being replaced by LBT .We demand there should not be double taxation at any stage in order to have transparency in pricing of goods and stop unfair trade practices but LBT will create larger scope consumer exploitation more over this is attempt create another Baburaj in the state hence we are asking CM to suspend idea of abolishing LBT ‘ Tiwari added.
‘Overall Tax collection of state has crossed Rs. 1,44,000 crore above budgetary target for year 12-13 and projected tax collection for 2013-14 is Rs.1,60,000 crore hence introduction of LBT is needless and unjustified hence CM should look at larger tax collection perspective at source that burdening local bodies which will reflect on the development of metros hence we urged CM to talk with traders end the trade strike ‘ Tiwari said.
‘VJAS has pointed out that the state government has quietly modified the Bombay Gram Panchayat Act to enable gram panchayats to levy tax on goods entering its area. This tax will be called as local Panchayat tax (LPT) and will be similar to local body tax (LBT) being levied by municipal corporations.
It is feared that once LBT was successfully levied by municipal corporations, municipal councils would be asked to follow the suit. Then the panchayats will be asked to levy LPT. Levy of multiple taxes will make business difficult which is against the stated objective of the government, hence we are opposing the move to introduce LBT and LPT, VJAS workers join the stir with traders and will appeal all citizen to join the agitation , Tiwari added.