Standing committee seeks report on low octroi rates

A day after the civic administration’s audit department blamed the octroi department for charging low octroi rates on nearly 96 articles in a report,the standing committee has asked for a detailed report.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 5, 2012 2:43 am

A day after the civic administration’s audit department blamed the octroi department for charging low octroi rates on nearly 96 articles in a report,the standing committee has asked for a detailed report.

The committee,on Wednesday,decided to look into the matter that has reportedly resulted in a huge loss to the civic body.

The issue was raised by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Corporator Sandeep Deshpande,who alleged that the civic officials had brought down the octroi rates without the knowledge of the state government and gone ahead with the rates despite several objections raised by the audit department.

A copy of a letter written by the then chief municipal auditor dated August 6,2011 was also presented before the committee.

Committee chairman and Sena corporator Rahul Shewale sought for clear information on the matter at the next meeting.

The report states that the octroi rates for premium articles like daimonds,semi-precious stones,pearls etc were reduced by two per cent to 0.01 per cent even though the reduction was supposed to be availed by only holders of export promotion licenses.

The matter has been put up for discussion in the next committee meeting.

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