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Netas oppose BMC plan on water tax hike

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The Times of India          15.06.2017     

Netas oppose BMC plan on water tax hike

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MUMBAI: Leaders of various parties in BMC are gearing up to oppose the administration's plan to continue with the up to 8% yearly water tax hike. They raised objection on Wednesday when the issue came up at the standing committee meeting.

In 2012, BMC cleared a proposal to increase water tax (for residential and commercial use ) by up to 8% every year for the next five years. The standing committee, at that time, had given the civic chief the power to increase the tax without taking their approval. The five-year deadline ends in June 2017.

BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said, "BMC has Rs 61,000 crore bank deposits and there is no need to continue with the hike. Like the state waived off farmer loans, we will ensure citizens are freed from the tax burden."

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Opposition leader in BMC and Congress corporator Ravi Raja, said, "We are opposing the 8% yearly hike on water taxes."

Shiv Sena leaders said they are yet to take a call on the issue but will oppose any tax burden.

GHMC focus on forming more SHGs

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The Hindu        12.06.2017   

GHMC focus on forming more SHGs

Self-help groups to create awareness on sanitation

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has targeted to form 2,632 Self Help Groups (SHGs) during this year. It wants to involve SHGs to create awareness on sanitation, segregation, house-to-house garbage collection and also to coordinate these groups with auto trolley drivers and sanitary field assistants in ensuring proper disposal and transport to transfer stations.

Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy said bank linkage of Rs. 10 lakh each would be provided to about 11 groups which have already cleared loans by August 15.

There was also a proposal to start another five night shelters in addition to the existing 12 with SHGs assistance. The civic body was keen on strengthening the existing Urban Community Development (UCD) wing and last year 12,082 SHGs were processed with Rs. 298 crore loans through bank linkage. Close to 8,823 beneficiaries for single women pensions were identified and 25 sites for community toilets would be built, the Commissioner said.


GHMC leads in regulating street vendors

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The Hindu            12.06.2017  

GHMC leads in regulating street vendors

Livelihood question:File photo of street vendors at Koti.Nagara GopalNagara Gopal  

Identity cards distributed to over 19,000 street vendors

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is leading in the country in implementing Street Vending Policy under the Livelihoods Regulation Act, 2014 announced by the Centre.

The Act was introduced to let small and petty traders carry on their business on footpaths and push carts without creating any hurdles for the traffic and the pedestrians and eke their living in the places earmarked for them.

Identity cards

The GHMC through its Urban Poverty Alleviation wing conducted a survey and identified 26,891 street vendors and gave identity cards so far to 19,369 vendors.

It also extended special training to 4,741 small traders to improve their financial discipline and organised 384 groups.

This effort by the Urban Community Development wing made the GHMC leading corporation in this aspect, according to a release.

Vending zones

The UCD also categorised 81 zones as prohibited, partial and free-vending zones so far and the process to earmark such vending zones in all areas across the city was under process through a survey, the release said.

The GHMC has been successful in implementing the Street Vending Policy with the coordination of traffic wing, revenue and labour departments and also local people’s representatives, the release added. Under the street vending policy, financial assistance would also be extended to the street vendors and improve their living standards.

Groups formed

Along with street vendors, common interest groups were also created for the protection of livelihood of street vendors as well as not to create any inconvenience to the citizens.

In every Circle level, Town Vending Committees would be constituted and these committees would have 20% government officers, 40% street vendors and 20% members of social organisations.

The areas prohibiting street vending were identified as red zone, areas earmarked for vending as green zone and the areas where street transactions were permitted in a limited way were referred to as special zones. The UCD has been issuing identity cards to street vendors carrying on their trade in these zones, the release added.


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