KATRA, Dec 05: A joint delegation of Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra ( HRAK), PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu Region ( PHDCCI) , Press Club Katra and other prominent organization of Katra met President Municipal Committee Katra Bimal Indu and showed concern on the imposition of high Taxes on the name of usage charges in Municipal Committee Katra.
Rakesh Wazir President ( HRAK) & Chairman ( PHDCCI) while speaking on the occasion said that it in really surprising that alone Katra and no other Municipal town of state is chosen for imposition of taxes on the name of usage charges that too forcebilly irresepective of the fact that some one may or may not be using their services or the Muncipality do any work, which is to be collected from all sections of Katra including Houses, Shops, Hotels , Sarais/ Dharamshalas, Banquet Halls etc. and that too on monthly basis on the exorbitant rates like hotel above 30 rooms at Rs. 10,000/-, Cinema 15,000/-, Dhabha 3000/-, Clinic 1000/-, Bhandhara / Langer 2000/- per day etc.and it is even surprising that the charges for dumping at Tan Talab at the official site, is kept at 15,000/- per vehicle.He while explaining said that it is really surprising that a person or organization who will serve food free of cost to Yatries and common people will have to pay Rs.2000/- as fee to Muncipality and all these taxes will apply only on Katra which will have their negative direct impact on pilgrims which reminds us of Jazia Tax once imposed on Hindus by Aurangzeb and asked for their withdrawl at the earliest.
Mr. Sham lal Kesar Chairman (HRAK) while speaking on the occasion said that while imposing those taxes on people even the basic principal of taking objections from the people is not followed . He said this move was started earlier also but due to our objections it was not implemented and was assured to us that even if it would be implemented it would be on voluntary basis and would be on the basis of the usage of the services of the Muncipality only but all of a sudden bringing notification with regard to that and too on compulsory monthly basis irrespective of the fact whether some one uses those services or not is highly objectionable.
Mr. Shiv Kumar Sharma former President ( HRAK), Virender Kesar District President ( PHDCCI) , Members of Press Club Sohan Lal Kohli,Rohit Padha,Sanjay Kumar too showed great anguish over this move and asked the administration for its roll back at the earliest .
Mr. Bimal Indu President Municipal Committee Katra said that he too is disturbed by the said notification and said that he alongwith the members of the Committee has passed resolution in this behalf and sent to higher authorities for modification of this order and will do his level best to get this notification resinded .
The Meeting among others was attended by Ashwani Kumar, Roshan Lal,arjun Singh,Ankush Gupta,Sahil Heera,Yogesh Gupta,Vivek Sharma ,Rajan Dharmath etc.