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With urban local bodies collecting more than Rs 341 crore from citizens towards payments of various bills in the demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered municipalities to continue the facility even Monday.
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Though government offices would be shut on Monday since it is a public holiday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the local bodies have been asked to keep the payment counters open. An official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Sunday said the total amount collected so far stood at Rs 340.75 crore across all urban bodies. The sum was collected towards bills related to water and sewerage tax and property tax, among other dues.
Among these urban local bodies, the Mumbai municipality has so far netted Rs 43.07 crore, Pune Rs 41.67 crore, Kalyan Dombivli Rs 22.44 crore, and Ulhasnagar Rs 17.08 crore. The state government had announced last week that people would be allowed to use the demonetised currency notes for payment of their water and sewerage tax bills, property taxes, and various other municipal dues. The concession was also extended to electricity bill payments. The deadline has been extended till Monday midnight.
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The finance department has also permitted dealers to pay sales tax dues using the old notes till November 14. The CMO tweeted Sunday that the government had issued instructions to all private hospitals for accepting cheque payments from patients in emergency cases. The government has indicated that it would take strict action against those found violating the directive.