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September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2001

PALANPUR :: Police told to act against pathology labs Tuesday, September 11, 2001

PALANPUR: Chief judicial magistrate Mehta has directed the city police to take action against 16 pathological laboratories functioning without any authenticity. The court has directed the police to submit detailed information regarding the validity and propriety of medical practitioners who are believed to be hands in glove with the erring pathologists and refer to them cases regularly.

Under the Gujarat Medical Practitioners' Act no one is entitled to use name of the profession or keep the board and printed matter displaying the profession without MLT certificate from a competent authority. Breach of the provisions is cognisible offence and attracts the provision of 465, 468 and 420 of IPC.

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MSU calls special syndicate meeting Tuesday, September 11, 2001

VADODARA: MS University has called a special syndicate meeting on Tuesday. The meeting has been called in the wake of Baroda University Staff Association's (BUSA) call for an indefinite strike beginning September 13, the day of students' union election.

MSU officials said BUSA's strike call coinciding with students' union election might complicate matters on campus. Tuesday's meeting, said officials, will precisely look at consequences of the strike call and its likely effect on the conduction of students' union polls.

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Sabarkantha :: CM hits campaign trail in Sabarkantha Tuesday, September 11, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Launching the BJP campaign for candidate in Sabarkantha, Upendra Trivedi, Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel said people would reject the Congress which was out to grab power on the basis of blatant lies.

Addressing well-attended election meetings at Hadiyol, Raigadh, Modasa and Dhansura, Patel described the statement of Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Dharampur regarding starvation deaths in the state as false and far from truth. No such death has been reported from any part of Gujarat where 33 lakh below poverty line families were taken care of by the government.

Lambasting the Congress, Patel said the GPCC leaders had failed to prove any of the charges they had levelled against the state government. In fact, the government had to its credit several achievements like drinking water pipeline to Saurashtra, which the Congress had only been promising for several years.

Patel said things would be difficult for the Congress which had been thrown out from New Delhi and Gandhinagar on account of its misdeeds.

Meanwhile, former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela is camping in Himmatnagar canvassing for Congress nominee Madhusudhan Mistry, who has quite some following among Adivasis.

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Shut schools in Vadodara contradict claims Tuesday, September 11, 2001

VADODARA: Contrary to claims by authorities, a majority of secondary schools in the city remained closed following the strike call given by various teachers' unions in city. The unions on Monday decided to continue with the stir till their demands were accepted.

A visit to prominent schools in the city on Monday revealed that the schools had remained closed as teachers and principals refrained from joining duty. School officials said the schools reopened in the morning and a section of students came for studies, but classes could not be held due to lack of staff.

An official of the Baroda High School, Alkapuri, said some students came to school in the morning, but were allowed to go back as there were no teachers. "A prayer meeting was held since they came all the way to school. Later, they were allowed to go," he said.

Other prestigious schools in city like Convent of Jesus and Mary, Rosary and others also could not conduct academic work. Students who came to attend classes could be seen playing on the grounds of some of the schools.

Senior functionaries of various unions, which have gone on strike, said the list of schools declared open by authorities was deceiving. "It states that the managements of these schools have agreed to keep schools open. However, this does not mean that teachers will automatically start teaching there," said the principal of a prominent school.

The teachers had gathered at Kothi Building here despite prohibitory orders by the city police. Police officials have now asked them to clear the site or face action.

President of the principal's association Nikhil Desai said the teachers were continuing with the strike. "We are continuing with the agitation programme," he said.

A rally of teachers from Vadodara Zone has been planned in the next couple of days. Unions involved with the strike are making attempts to get permission for the same from authorities.

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People kept in dark about BPMC Act provision Tuesday, September 11, 2001

VADODARA: Paying a hefty amount as property tax to Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) every year is often a difficult proposition for many denizens. And, those paying this amount religiously over the years might, however, not be aware that they have been kept in the dark about a Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC) Act that stipulates that the tax should be collected twice a year.

According to sources, VMC has been collecting taxes annually primarily to "avoid paperwork and administrative hassles".

Recently, a number of people approached the VMC with the request that they be given concessions as they couldn't pay the tax, besides the interest accumulating on it, at one go. They also demanded that the penalty on their property tax be done away with.

People allege that the VMC has been denying them concessions under the pretext that it was not in line with rules. However, during the entire episode, some functionaries seem to have hit across an interesting fact that the amount assessed for tax annually could be paid in two six-monthly instalments.

According to Congress councillor Paresh Patel, "We have brought the issue to the notice of the municipal authorities on several occasions. A clarification regarding the rule was demanded by us, but they have failed to provide us with the same."

Patel said the instalments are payable on April 1 and October 1 every year. However, the corporation sends bills for the period of April 1 to March 31 every year.

If a person does not pay tax on the last date mentioned on the bill, a penalty at the rate of 18 per cent is charged from the property owner. However, corporators point out that this is not justified as the tax for the last six months of the year assessed becomes due at a later date.

When contacted about the rule, several citizens were caught unawares. "I pay my taxes annually and never knew of such a rule. If the corporation accepts property tax every six months, it would be very convenient," said Hitesh Desai, a resident of the Pani Gate area.

Jitu Darji, a resident of the Wadi area pointed out that the tax payers were getting a raw deal from VMC by its policy of tax collection. "If the provision is there, why is it not being implemented. When one is in a financial crunch the six-monthly instalments will be very helpful," he said.

Owner of a cabin in the old city area pointed out that he was unable to pay tax due to financial constraints. "I could not arrange for the amount. Now, the interest has piled up. Smaller instalments would be very handy for us," he said.

Patel pointed out that it was not justified for VMC to collect taxes when it was unable to provide basic facilities. "Besides, it is not justified to collect interest on advance payments," he said.

In the line of fire:

VMC Standing Committee chairman Shabdasharan Brahmbhatt

Vadodara Municipal Corporation has been collecting property tax in this fashion for several years now. For smooth functioning of the corporation, it is necessary that we collect the amount at one go. We have to look into the practicality of running the affairs of the organisation. For this, advance taxes are a must.

Besides, the issue was never raised up until this point. The entire move smells of political intrigue.

Whom to contact
VMC complaint cell: 434216.

BPBLUES: For years, people with properties in the city have been kept in the dark as regards BPMC Act provisions concerning property tax.

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