Visakhapatnam, June 10:
Minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana said the TDP was trying to politicise Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s visit to Delhi.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, he said it was ridiculous on the part of the TDP leaders to claim that the Chief Minister had gone to Delhi to get the cases against him quashed. He said that neither Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu nor his party leaders had the good habit of making suggestions all they wanted to do was to level false allegations.
The Minister said that the opposition was not in a position to speak on State issues like demanding more vaccines to the State from Centre.
Countering the opposition allegations of burdening the public with the new taxes, Mr Satyanarayana clarified that the property value-based tax decision was made even before the civic elections and had been implemented in a most transparent manner.
In the new system, the percentage tax was fixed between 0.10 percent and 0.50 percent of the capital value (CV) for residential buildings and it’s between 0.2 percent to 2 percent of the Capital Value (CV) for 5non residential buildings and only Rs 50 is levied as property tax for houses of below poverty line (BPL) families living in a plinth area of 375 sqft. The Minister said the new tax (hike) would be limited to 15 per cent of the existing rate. With the new taxation, the State would only earn an additional revenue of Rs 186 crore, but the opposition is falsely portraying it as some Rs 1000 crores.
About waste management, Minister Botsa announced that the government is launching the Clean Andhra Pradesh (CLAP) programme on July 8, commemorating the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister YS Rajashekar Reddy. He said that the government is expecting any revenue for collecting Rs 30 per month towards household waste collection.