Jaya's wants CM's statement on Property Tax in GO

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Chennai, June 23 (UNI) Former Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today asked the DMK Government to issue a GO on Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's clarification on Property Tax hike to clear any confusion on the issue failing which her party will resort to agitation.

Lambasting Mr Karunanidhi's statement in which he said local bodies could hike the Property Tax according to their needs or keep it unchanged and the government would only fix the ceiling, Ms Ms Jayalalithaa said there was no GO to give effect to his statement showing the lack of administrative acumen in the government.

He had even said there was no compulsion on the local bodies to hike the Property Tax thus throwing the blame on them.

Even the local bodies had expressed the need for a GO on the Chief Minister's statement to clear the confusion, she said.

It was the DMK Regime under Mr Karunanidhi which announced the hike in Property Tax in 1998, she recollected.

However, recently Mr Karunanidhi said the local bodies could hike the tax by passing resolutions depending on their requirements.

There was no compulsion to increase the tax and the local bodies could retain the existing rates.

Referring to Mr Karunanidhi's claim she had not held any meeting with the District Collectors for discussing tsunami relief during her tenure as the Chief Minister, Ms Jayalalithaa said she had convened an all-party meeting on the issue.

Since, only a few districts were affected, there was no need to hold a meeting with Collectors of all the districts.

However, she remained in touch with the Collectors of the affected districts and relief was distributed on war-footing.

To assist them, senior IAS officers were deputed. She herself undertook a tour of the affected districts with the then Chief Secretary and saw for herself the relief work being undertaken in the areas.

She also personally distributed assistance to the affected people.

The personal tour was undertaken to ensure the smooth operation of the relief work since calling the Collectors to Chennai for meeting would only lead to waste of precious time and affected the distribution of assistance.

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