Non-payment of property tax pushing cancer patients to uncertainty

NPPYF seeks CM’s intervention

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Non-clearance of property tax by the state government has pushed the cancer patients residing in the Guest House, Mumbai to uncertainty.
Reportedly, the state government has not yet cleared the property tax until Tuesday, despite several notices served by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).
Sensing the gravity of the situation, a volunteer of the Helping Hands of distressed people of NE in cities, met the officials of NMMC in Mumbai on Tuesday, and requested to extend the deadline for the tax payment for the sake of the patients.
However, the officials have refused to further extend the week’s ultimatum, stating that it had already served similar notices to the state government, informed Ritum Sora, a volunteer of the Helping Hands.
“I also approached US Roofs Ltd to bail out the patients from the difficult situation, but they refused to help, stating that it is a state matter,” Ritum, who also is a former general secretary of Arunachal Students’ Union Mumbai, said.
The former ASUM general secretary also met the cancer patients at the guest house, where he came to know that they (patients) have not yet been able to receive any words of assurance from the state government on the issue.
The Helping Hand volunteer has appealed to the state government to take the matter seriously, especially for the sake of the poor cancer patients.
On 24 February, the NMCC served a notice to Director of Industries, GoAP to clear an outstanding property tax amount to Rs 5,30,331 within a week from the date of serving the notice.
The notice further stated that the second floor of the Arunachal Guest House may be sold through public auction as per section 128 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, or file a suit under Rule 54 of the Act.
In the meantime, the National People’s Party (NPP) Youth Front of the state sought Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s immediate intervention on the matter.
Apprehending that the patients may be forced to vacate the house, in case the dues were not cleared, the NPP Youth Front in a letter to the Chief Minister, urged to take immediate necessary action, so that the patients are not forced to vacate the house.