Published On : Sat, May 14th, 2016

CM’s intervention sought to pass directions in erroneous interpretation of corrigendum correcting LBT rates

Nagpur: Steel and Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha (SHCV) has requested Chief Minister Devendra Fandvis to intervene and pass appropriate directions in the matter of erroneous interpretation of “Corrigendum” issued in July 2013 by the then Government of Maharashtra correcting LBT rates of certain commodities.

President SHCV Rajesh K. Lakhotia said LBT was made applicable in Nagpur from April 1, 2013 under notification Dt. March 28, 2013 and after many meetings and lengthy deliberations the then State Government issued Corrigendum Dt. July 6, 2013 and reduced LBT rates of Iron & Steel items. But LBT authorities at Nagpur Municipal Corporation, because of their wrong interpretation regarding effective date of Corrigendum, are issuing erroneous assessment orders for the period from April 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 and raising inflated Demand Notice for FY 2013-14.

Lakhotia added Steel and Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha has made detailed representation on the issue to NMC Authorities under letter dated July 27, 2015, September 30, 2015, March 9, 2016 and held meetings at different levels of administration of NMC, but it seems all efforts are in vein.

Honorary Secretary Steel and Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha Sanjay K Agrawal, said that it is well settled proposition of law that Corrigendum denotes “an error detected after publication and corrected separately on an added page”.

On July 6, 2013 the then State Government issued LBT Corrigendum for Municipal Corporations of Thane, Navi Mumbai, Nasik, Pimpri-Chinhwad & Pune also.

In reply to RTI applications these Corporations have confirmed that Corrigendum Dt. July 6, 2013 has been given effect from the date on which LBT was first made applicable in their respective corporations.

If the issue is not resolved in a legitimate manner then we would be forced to approach Court of law for relief, however recalling the words of Chief Minister “Ye Andolan Ki Nahi, Baat-Cheet Ki Sarkar Hai” Agrawal added they are confident about appropriate relief from Chief Minister.

Copy of memorandum is also sent to PS (CMO), PS (UDD), Mayor (NMC) and MC (NMC) states the press release issued by Steel & Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha.