JAMMU, Feb 11: Municipal and Urban Local Bodies Pensioners Association (MULBPA), Jammu Province, has appealed the Governor not to consider the demand of abolishing Toll Tax at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda.
A meeting of the Association was convened under the chairmanship of Y S Jamwal, its president, for discussing the matter. The Association members resented the demand of Chamber of Commerce Jammu to abolish the Toll Plazas at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda Qazigund for allowing vehicles to move free without payments of Tax/ Octroi and checking in it.
“Previously, the Octroi was under the control of Municipalities but on the demand of traders in August 1987, these were handed over to the Excise Department to collect taxes at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda. Now these traders are trying their best to abolish these Tax plazas, which would cause losses worth crores of rupees to the State exchequer besides triggering smuggling,” the Association explained.
Further, the Association said, the Octroi collected at Toll Posts is disbursed to Housing and Urban Development Department on quarterly basis through Finance Department to meet the salary and pension of Civic Bodies’ employees/pensioners and if the same is abolished, there would be a great problem to pay monthly salary/pension.
Stressing that the State Administration should first watch the financial interests of J&K State, the Association urged Governor S P Malik not to meet the unjustified demand of traders by continuing with the system.
Those who attended the meeting, included B S Jamwal, K G Khajuria, R K Gupta, J R Sharma, S D Verma, J L Sharma, Tarsem Lal Gupta, M L Gupta, Balbir Singh Jamwal, Daya Singh, Indu Shushan and others.