Maharashtra: Traders threaten to resume anti-Local Body Tax agitation

Jun 13, 2013, 20:21 IST | Agencies

Retail traders in Maharashtra have threatened to resume their agitation if the government failed to resolve the Local Body Tax issue.

"The government must resolve the LBT issue or else we along with other important associations all over Maharashtra will be forced to resume our agitation in Maharashtra and Mumbai," Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association president Viren Shah said in a statement here. 

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had earlier assured the traders that LBT would not be implemented in Mumbai in a hurry. The tax, which replaces octroi, has been brought into force in some other cities. Traders are opposed to it, fearing increase in tax burden and harassment from officials.

Federation of Associations of Maharashtra president Mohan Gurnani said in a statement that in a meeting on June 12, Chief Secretary had refused to form a committee and indicated that LBT would be introduced in Mumbai as scheduled, contrary to Chief Minister's assurance.

In the meeting with CM on May 24, traders were specifically assured that a separate committee would be formed to discuss the issue, he said. FAM had convened its executive committee meeting on June 19 to decide the future course of action, he added.

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