The Chief Officer Mr. Agnelo Fernandes assured the delegation that he would favorably put up the matter before the Council, and said that the quantum of relief has to be decided by the elected body.
Coutinho further stated that when the Chairperson Lyndon Pereira rues to the delegation about the shortage of fund’s, we brought to his notice that over 30 crores of finance Commission grants are lying idle for several years. The Chairperson was further reminded that the Shadow Council had been consistently demanding for the last 5 years that unassessed premises and establishments operating without trade license, need to be tapped to widen the revenue base of the Council.
Another businessman Pio Baretto told the Chairperson that the demand for waiver is for a temporary period on account of the pandemic. It is always the Loyal taxpayers who suffer financially, while the unassessed premises and establishments operating without trade licenses are deliberately ignored by the Council, Mr. Pio lamented.
The delegation consisted of SCM Convener Savio Coutinho, Adv. Seoula Vas, Pio Baretto, Harish Borkar, Agostinho Gama, Xavier Fernandes, Deepak Kesarkar and others.