Shimla (May 12): State unit of CPI(M) has expressed solidarity with the Shimla Upnagriaya Jan Kalyan Samiti (SUJKS), supporting its demand and deciding to meet Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh to press for the demand to repeal Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2011.
Rakesh Singha, Secretary, CPIM, state committee, said in a statement issued here today that the party supports SUJKS’ demand as the Act passed by the Vidhan Sabha with respect to levying of property tax on the people is part of a wider agenda of neo-liberalism.
The party claimed that the new form of property tax on unit area basis was far away from the stark socio-economic realities of the area. “This form would not only coerce every occupant to pay property tax irrespective of the fact whether the owner earns some rent on it or not. The large number of Class II, III and IV employees and other small householders who comprise 90 percent f the total construction who have availed loan would be forced to sell off their property in due course of time. And this is exactly what the big giant builders entering the
market want,” Singha claimed.