LOP alleges favouritism by Rajkot Municipal Corporation in collecting tax

Rajkot: At a time when the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) is scrambling to meet its tax target of Rs 248 crore for the financial year 2019-20, the leader of the opposition has alleged that the civic body is yet to recover past taxes of around Rs 600 crore.

This includes Rs 18.83 crore from the railways, post office and Samras hostels owned by the Central or state government, and a whopping Rs 42.6 crore from mobile tower companies.

Opposition leader Vashram Sagathiya said: “The government has failed to pay its dues. The Railways owes the RMC Rs 15 crore, the post office, Rs 83 lakh, and the Samras hostel of the state government, Rs3 crore in outstanding taxes.”

However, the biggest defaulters according to Sagathiya are mobile tower companies. He also alleges that 38 mobile towers are not even in the RMC’s list of 701 mobile towers.

“Forget tax, it was found that have been not even listed in the books of RMC. If in today’s day the outstanding tax amount to be collected is counted, it stands to Rs600 crores,” Sagathiya alleged. Assistant tax commissioner at RMC Haresh Kagathara confirmed the outstanding amount but maintained that “certain cases are under litigation”.