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JVM rally against tax hike

Dhanbad, Feb. 22: Over 600 JVM workers and supporters took out a rally in Dhanbad today, demanding immediate rollback on the recent hike in holding taxes, among others.

Bokaro legislator Samresh Singh, who will contest the Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat this time, led the rally as well as a demonstration in front of the Dhanbad Municipal Corporation in support of their 15-point charter of demands.

Senior party leaders Ramesh Rahi, Gyan Ranjan, Saroj Singh and others were also present to mount pressure on the civic body to fulfil their demands that also include better solid waste management, probe into payments made to A2Z and construction of culverts and drains.

Also, they urged the civic body to ensure water connection for every household in the Dhanbad municipality area and regular fogging to check vector-borne diseases.

This morning, the JVM supporters took out a protest rally from Tetula ground at Purani bazaar and marched towards the Dhanbad municipal office, where they staged a demonstration and shouted slogans.

Addressing the rally, the Bokaro MLA said the JVM would leave no stone unturned to ensure their legitimate demands were fulfilled. “The citizens of Dhanbad are not getting basic civic facilities. Yet, the authorities have increased holding taxes, putting an additional burden on the residents,” said Singh, adding that he would soon submit a memorandum to governor Syed Ahmed in this regard.

The civic body on Thursday raised the holding tax for commercial buildings/spaces three times from the existing Rs 10/sqft. Therefore, form the next fiscal, 2014-2015, the civic body will charge Rs 30/sqft from commercial buildings.


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