SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today urged the administration to withdraw the directive issued regarding repayment of token tax and time limit for re-registration of non-J&K vehicles.
In a statement issued here party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura rued the apathy shown by the administration towards the common population badly affected by economic slump due to double whammy of pandemic and August 5 lockdown.
“It was the 9 percent token tax levied on new cars that forced people to look for non-local cars as an option given their economic conditions. Since those cars have already paid the said amount in their respective states what sense does it make to burden the common man again,” Hanjura said.
Emphasizing that the administration has lost touch with the ground realities, Hanjura said that the government is leaving no stone unturned to squeeze the last penny from the common man.
“On the one hand GST, demonetization and subsequent lockdowns have sucked the money circulation out of the market and on the other hand rather than providing relief measures government has resorted to policies which has led to levying new taxes, prices of essential commodities skyrocketing, destroying every sector employing thousands of people just to fill its empty coffers,” Hanjura added.
“Every sector of ours is under constant attack. Even our natural resources are looted brazenly. A recent result list of J&K bank is a sign of how deep-rooted discriminatory policies are within the system. A full-frontal attack on Kashmir and its economy is underway.” he lamented.