Margao: Traders from Cuncolim, under the banner of the Cuncolim Traders Association, met the municipal council chairperson demanding issuance of trade licences that have been kept on hold over the garbage tax issue.
The traders submitted a memorandum to the civic chairperson asking for their trade licences to be issued as soon as possible. It had emerged that the municipality had not issued the licences as they had failed to pay the garbage tax that had been revised for the last financial year.
In response, the chairperson assured that the issue would be resolved once the chief officer reported to the office. On Tuesday, however, traders visited the municipality office yet again.
Chairperson Anjela Paingainkar said that a meeting would be called of all the traders once the moral code of conduct is lifted. “Members of the Cuncolim Traders Association have submitted a memorandum asking to issue trade licences. I have assured them that the licences will be issued and that we will also have a meeting with them once the code is lifted,” she said.
She explained that during a council meeting last year, the councillors and the then chief officer had taken a resolution to increase the amount to be paid as garbage tax. She also explained that any change or revision of the taxes would have to be done in the presence of the chief officer.
Association members however said that the municipality had become a mess and that they were facing many problems. “More than 50 per cent of the association members’ trade licences have been kept on hold. When the change in taxes was finalised, none of us were given any intimation. As our licences are on hold, we cannot pay our trade tax for this financial year and it becomes a problem for us because we have to display our licence to the public. Also whenever the FDA officials come, we have to show them our licences,” said association secretary Irineu Coutinho.