NAGPUR: Citizens will have to pay two times more property tax for residential properties and three times more for commercial properties from the current fiscal. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) general body approved implementation of the new property tax system on Monday. The opposition group parties —Congress, NCP and BSP — continued to oppose the revision strongly and again did not allow the BJP-led ruling alliance to run the general body.
The NMC general body had approved the new property tax system in the meeting held on March 4. Corporators from the Congress, NCP and BSP staged demonstrations and strongly criticized the ruling alliance for the revision. Amid chaos, mayor Pravin Datke announced the proposal as approved.
For implementation, the minutes of the meeting were tabled before the general body on Monday. Leader of opposition group Vikas Thakre pointed out a big mistake in the minutes of the meeting. “The minutes of the meeting mentioned that the proposal was passed unanimously whereas all corporators from Congress, NCP and BSP had registered their opposition to the proposal,” he said.
Thakre said the Mayor was ‘cheating the entire House’ for the second time. “Earlier, the proposal to give permanent jobs to three engineers was approved without any consent of the general body. The mayor had apologized for the earlier case and so we did not pursue the issue. But this is going on repeatedly,” he said. Thakre demanded that the opposition registered by them be noted in the minutes of the meeting.
Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari suggested that the House consider Thakre’s demand. “We wanted to have discussion on the proposal as it was related to the citizens. Opposition group corporators were not at all ready for discussion. We were ready to incorporate suggestions and objections from all corporators. Now, Thakre has demanded in the House to incorporate his objection. Therefore, we can correct in the minutes,” he said.
Datke directed the administration to correct the minutes and announced it as approved. Datke said, “New property tax system will come into effect from April 1. Demand notes for current fiscal will be based on new system,” he said.
After Thakre’s objection, NCP corporator and MLC Prakash Gajbhiye stood and started to register his objection to the new property tax system. Mayor did not allow Gajbhiye to put up his points as discussion was not permitted when minutes of the meeting had come for approval.
Datke announced start of general body questions (GBQs). Gajbhiye thronged the house’s well and started to raise slogans. Gajbhiye was followed by Thakre and all corporators from Congress, NCP and BSP.
Addressing the media, Thakre said BJP should take resignation of Datke as he is repeatedly flouting the norms. Datke said there was nothing wrong in mentioning the proposal as approved unanimously. “Suggestions and objections of corporators are registered only if raised standing at respective location in the House. Norms do not allow to register objections in case shouting in the House’s well or staging a walk out. Now, Thakre kept his point in proper manner and we corrected the minutes,” he said.
Passed Without Discussion
* 10 general body questions were announced as passed, of which, two tabled each by Vikas Thakre, Bhavna Lonare, Suresh Jagyasi and remaining by Abha Pande, Sanjay Balpande, Munna Yadav and Prashant Dhawad
* General body took note of implementation of National Urban Livelihoods Mission and State Urban Livelihood Mission aiming safe roads by recognizing hawking and no-hawking zones and welfare of hawkers and their family members
* Second phase of model solar city project’s pilot scheme to be implemented. Solar powerpacks with installed capacity to generate power of 960 KWp will be installed on NMC buildings at the cost of Rs 17.35 crore
* Free drug policy and free medical prescription scheme for patients coming for treatment at NMC’s proposed 95 urban public health centres and urban community health centres
* City transport committee to recruit 28 officials and staffers to monitor city bus service and city transport manager to be invited on deputation basis from the state government
* Dr MP Somkunwar appointed as medical officer as per High Court order
* Name of post of health officer (sanitation) changed to medical health officer and appointment of Dr Milind Ganvir to the post
NMC to open 45 balwadis
To stop regular dwindling in students’ strength in its schools, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken a decision to start balwadis, just like playschools, from the new academic session.
Ruling party leader in the NMC Dayashankar Tiwari said target is to open 45 balwadis in the existing schools itself. “Balwadi will be opened only if we manage to get more than 15 children in number. We are hopeful to open balwadis in at least at 45 schools. One teacher from pre-primary section will be appointed for balwadi. It is must to attract children to NMC schools,” he said.
Tiwari added that chairman of education consultative committee Chetna Tank held a meeting with the officials of education department and finalized the decision.
Tiwari also said that the proposal to establish a regulatory authority under NMC to have control on all aided and semi-aided pre-primary and primary schools in the city will be submitted with the state government for approval soon.
Policy to regularize temples, community halls
The NMC general body passed a resolution to frame a policy for regularizing temples and community halls constructed on the civic body-owned lands. Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari tabled a proposal seeking the policy in the general body and it was passed.
Tiwari said NMC will be the owner of the land and trusts or associations maintaining the temples or community halls to be given powers of operation and maintenance. “A temple was constructed in 1940 at Shanti Nagar in East Nagpur. The trust is operating and maintaining the temple. A community hall was constructed by the NMC with the help of MLA funds within the temple premises and owned by the temple. The trust is not getting possession of the land on which the hall was constructed despite orders passed by State Land Record (SLR) office. Later it came to the fore that the land was actually owned by the NMC. There are many such examples that need to be addressed. Therefore, a policy was required to regularize such temples and halls constructed on NMC land,” he said.