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Delegation Led By BJP Leader MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar Called On The Revenue Minister

Mumbai: A delegation of societies led by BJP leader MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar called on revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat on Monday evening, demanding a stay on the non-agricultural tax notices issued by the revenue department to the housing societies in Mumbai’s suburbs.

Every year non-agricultural tax is levied on nearly 20,000 housing societies in Mumbai’s suburbs, which is unjust. These societies have already paid this tax at the time of construction. Also, why are societies in the suburbs levied this tax when it is not applicable to the societies in the Mumbai island city? BJP leader MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar had brought this to the notice of the former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s government. Accordingly, the notices issued for payment of this tax from 2008 onwards was stayed by the then revenue minister Chandrakant Patil.

Now, the Thackeray government has once again issued these notices and the societies are expressing their indignation. MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar brought this matter to the notice of the government vide a letter.

Later on Monday evening, a delegation led by MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar called on revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. The delegation had local corporator Alka Kerkar and members from St. Sebastian Housing Society from Bandra and Saraswat Housing Society in Santacruz. Societies are reeling under financial crisis owing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, these societies are burdened with the levy of this exorbitant tax. This matter was brought to the notice of the revenue minister.

In the meanwhile, the revenue minister heard the views of the delegation and assured that a decision will be taken after discussing the matter with the chief minister.

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