NCP chief and Union Minister Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday met traders’ representatives here in a bid to resolve the imbroglio over local body tax (LBT).
An official said it has been decided to form a high-level committee headed by chief secretary, on the issue.
“The committee, comprising traders’ representatives, is expected to submit a report within a month, he said. “The panel will take into consideration suggestions from traders on the LBT legislation,” he said.
Federation of Association of Maharashtra (FAM), a traders’ body, had asked Mr. Pawar to intervene to resolve the imbroglio over LBT and traders’ strike in various cities of Maharashtra to protest against the new tax.
LBT is an account-based tax, and will be charged for every raw-material used or imported into the city limits by all businesses, traders and manufacturers. It seeks to replace octroi, which causes bottlenecks in goods flow.
It was introduced in Kolhapur, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Vasai-Virar from April 1. It was scheduled to come into effect in Mumbai from October 1 this year.
However, Mr. Chavan recently informed traders that any decision would be taken after consensus and that there is no set deadline for implementing LBT in Mumbai.
Traders have been up in the arms against the new tax, fearing cumbersome account-keeping process and potential official harassment.