Professional tax increase put off

Staff Reporter

Following stiff opposition in Council

State Government will be requested to take a decision

Councillors say increase will be a burden on residents

Tirupur: The Corporation prorogued the decision to increase professional tax rates following stiff opposition from various political parties in the council meeting held here on Tuesday evening.

Mayor K. Selvaraj informed the house that the administration would now request the State Government to take a decision, since the councillors were divided on the issue.

The resolution brought up at the meeting had suggested an increase in the range of 25 percent to 35 percent from the existing slabs set according to the income earned.

P.R.Natarajan of Communist Party of India (Ward 2) pointed out that any move to raise the professional tax slab would put unnecessary burden on the city dwellers who were already been strained by the economic crunch caused by the waves of recession on the knitwear industry here.

Similar opinions were raised by councillors belonging to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Congress, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and CPI (M) parties too.

Councillors cutting across party lines criticized the “lackadaisical attitude” of officials involved in the maintenance of street lights and implementation of solid waste management (SWM) project. They alleged that power connection had not been given even in many areas though the street light poles were erected at least five months ago.

The Mayor then reprimanded the officials concerned and directed them to coordinate with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to give power supply at the earliest, after he found that the answers given by the officials to the queries of councillors were ‘vague’.

R. Govindaraj of MDMK blamed the Corporation health officials for dumping solid waste indiscriminately in open pits across the city.

Some councillors from AIADMK, CPI (M), MDMK and CPI sought immediate intervention of the administration to overcome the drinking water supply shortage faced in certain areas.

Protesting that the administration was not taking interest to redress the grievances of public raised by the councillors, Velusamy of CPI (Ward 19) attended the meeting with a black cloth around his mouth.

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