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Jat stir: Haryana govt to waive off house tax and water tariff


Chandigarh: Giving a major relief to those whose residential and commercial properties were damaged during the Jat quota agitation, Haryana Government today decided to waive off the house tax and water tariff on such properties for one year.

“The State Government will waive off the house tax and water tariff on such properties for one year,” Haryana’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, told reporters here after a meeting of the State Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Khattar had already waived electricity dues for the current and next billing cycles of all those consumers whose houses or commercial properties were damaged or looted during the recent quota agitation from February 15 to 22.

Also, the state government has decided in-principle to give relief in VAT to such traders and businessmen who suffered losses during the recent agitation.

In reply to a question, Sharma said that the budget session of the Haryana Assembly would commence on March 14. “All MLAs would be given adequate time to put forth the problems and demands of the people of their respective constituencies,” he said.

Asked about the number of sittings of the House during the Budget session, he said that it would be finalised by the Business Advisory Committee (BAC).

The date for presentation of the budget would be fixed during the first sitting of the Assembly, he informed. Asked to comment on the ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit’ to be organised at Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, Sharma said he was quite hopeful that the summit would attract good response.

“As a result of the Chief Minister’s visit to US, Canada (last year) and Japan and China (recently) and during the roadshows held at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai in the run-up to the Summit, entrepreneurs have shown keen interest in investing in the state. The Wanda Group of China has decided to make huge investments in Haryana,” he said.

Asked about the draft of the Bill on Jat reservation to be presented in the Assembly, Sharma said that a five-member committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, to examine this issue.

BJP had announced that a Bill for giving OBC status to Jats will be brought in the coming Haryana Assembly session.