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Panaji: The Panjim Hotel and Traders Association (PHTA) has set final ten-day deadline to the State government to consider their demand for reduction in taxes for renewal of trade licences.

In a press statement issued today, PHTA president Barnabe Sapeco said that in case the demands of PHTA are not met within ten days, the Government and Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) will be responsible for the consequences that follow.

PHTA will soon hold its executive committee meeting to discuss on the next course of action.

PHTA has been demanding for reduction in taxes like garbage tax, signage tax, required for renewal of trade licence. They have petitioned Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza for his intervention, failing which had threatened to go on strike.

“The corporators and CCP officials have been taking the people for ride with arbitrary increase of taxes and licence fees. Due to the mismanagement of Corporation, the people have to pay a heavy price by paying huge taxation fees,” Sapeco said.

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