Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that his doors remained open for common citizens to address their genuine grievances but there is no space for trouble mongers, who are spreading misinformation about property tax.
“The doors of Raj Bhawan are 24X7 open for common citizen of Jammu and Kashmir, be it farmers, traders, scientist, cops or youth, if they have any valid grievance administration is there to listen it round the clock,” the LG said
“However, some influential try to manipulate common citizens by spreading misinformation on property tax to save their own wealth, which administration would not be tolerate at any cost.”
The LG further said that by misusing positions and law, some people make huge wealth for their next generations and friends but their time has gone.
“The administration of Jammu and Kashmir will work for the welfare of 1.30 crore people and not 1000-2000 ‘special’ citizens,” the governor said.
The Lt Governor was speaking at the attestation-cum-passing out parade of recruit constables of 29th Basic Recruitment Training Course (BRTC) at S Prithinandan Singh Police Training School here.
Earlier, the LG maintained that the proposed property tax in Jammu and Kashmir is lowest in the country.
“The total households in municipal areas of Jammu and Kashmir is around 5 lakh 20 thousand out of which 2 lakh six thousand household are exempted from all taxes as it is below 1000 Sq Ft, another 2 lakh three thousand household are between 1000 to 1500 Sq ft and its maximum tax in Jammu and Srinagar cities is not above Rs 1000”.
He further added that when it comes to commercial complexes and shops, Jammu has 1 lakh 1000 buildings and 46000 is below 100 Sq ft, which invites just Rs 600 tax in a year.
He maintained that around 40 percent of households in municipalities are exempted from any tax while the remaining 40 have to pay very nominal tax.
The Government said that how the system works if owners take lakhs of rent for commercial property and not give 5000 to corporation. (KNO)