Very recently there was an announcement from the Central Government that the NRI (non resident Indians) will also be issued Aadhaar card which was earlier known as Unique Identification card or UID. This card is being put forth as a national identity and will carry a unique sixteen digit number affiliated to each individual Earlier, the provision of Aadhar card was only for the Indian residents. But now, keeping in view the connection of NRI with the country. the government has added a special provision of issuing this card to the non resident Indians as well The specialty of an Aadhar card is that the number given is connected to the centralized data base. This data base includes biometric demographic and other relevant information. which is necessary for identifying a person.
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HOUSING SOCIETY MATTERS – 16.01.2013 – Volume I – Issue No.VIII Dt.16.01.2013
- Addresses of various offices of the Joint Sub Registrar of Assurances in Mumbai with their timings
- Matters related to redevelopment. Always advisable to file case for conveyance before Consumer Courts and Metropolitan Magistrates
- How to pay money to Builder while purchasing a flat – Model Agreement
- Co-operative Society and Criminal Law
- Scrutiny Sheet for a Consumer Complaint filed before the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum
- What to do if Builder not executing Conveyance and complying with Statutory Obligations
- Redevelopment Tips
Courtesy : Hema Vinod Sampat
Coca-Cola Rolling Out New Misinformation Campaign to “Combat Obesity”
Coke says it’s trying to make consumers more aware of the healthy choice beverages Coke makes; critics say Coke is simply doing damage control.
There can be no doubt that soda is one of the primary beverages responsible for skyrocketing obesity rates. As Dr. Sanjay Gupta told CNN:3
“…the scientific community has …reached a consensus that soft drinks are the one food or beverage that’s been demonstrated to cause weight gain and obesity. And if we’re going to deal with this obesity epidemic, that’s the place to start.”
Granted, no one is forcing anyone to drink them, but there simply has not been enough public education about the dangers of excessive fructose consumption. In fact, the industry has fought tooth and nail to minimize or flat out deny these health dangers, very similar to the tobacco industry denying the risk of lung cancer..
Evidence of just how behind-the-times Coca-Cola is, their brand new multi-million dollar campaign focuses on the sentiment that:
“…beating obesity will take action by all of us, based on one simple, common-sense fact: All calories count, no matter where they come from. …And if you eat and drink more calories than you burn off, you’ll gain weight.”4
This “conventional wisdom” has been firmly debunked by science. Not all calories count equally. And the “calories in, calories out” hypothesis for maintaining weight has equally been shown to be incorrect. It is in fact FAR more important to look at the source of the calories than counting them.
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“Society by-laws have no force of law and therefore a housing society’s NOC does not matter or required while selling or purchasing a flat,” renowned advocate Vinod Sampat said.
The statement assumes significance in the light of the recent episode of alleged religious profiling involving Emran Hashmi who claimed that a housing society in the posh Pali Hill area in the city has denied him NOC for flat ownership because he is a Muslim.
Citing a case study, Sampat said, “Supreme Court has held in ‘Kejariwal vs Vishwa Housing Society’ case that society cannot stop a member from selling or renting out a flat to anybody.”
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Courtesy : Dilip Shah
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New BMC Property Tax- Bills/Notices- Rules, hidden in “News and Events” on MCGM Website
- There is a change over in the system of MCGM tax/property tax from Rateable Value system to Capital Value system. This is with effect from 1st April, 2010 retrospectively.
- MCGM is sending Special Notices to owners of all buildings/properties i.e. Co-operative Housing Societies as well landlords of buildings. Most of the owners have received the said notice. As per the Notice, the tax payers can file objections within 21 days to any of the particulars of property like built up area, factors, categories, capital values, etc.
- The Notice states that -“for details of the factors and categories of users of buildings and weightage by multiplication to be assigned to- please refer to MCGM website- www.mcgm.gov.in. (A Sample Notice is attached herewith).
- The MCGM website shows the Rules for Fixing Capital Value of Lands and Buildings which contains such critical information for calculation of capital value of buildings/flats and the tax payable in the section called “News and Events” and as such is not easy to locate. The said Rules which provide details of the factors and categories of users of buildings, nature and type of building, age factor, floor factor and weightage by multiplication to be assigned thereto and also the tax rate are very important for all citizens for calculating the tax payable. Therefore, the Final Rules should be posted prominently on MCGM website under a separate and specific heading. (Final Rules are attached herewith).
- It is also desirable to post on the MCGM website the main BMC Act and particularly the Amending Act (effecting change in the tax system) as there are references to various sections of the Act in the Special Notice as well as the Rules.
- The Notice also states that “For details of Zone, Subzone, and base values, please refer to the Stamp Duty Ready Reckoner of the year 2010”. Since the market value (called base value) of the properties is as per the Stamp Duty Ready Reckoner (SDRR), the complete SDRR of the year 2010 should also be posted on the MCGM website for ready reference. This is very important as the entire new tax system is based upon SDRR and without its ready and easy availability a tax payer cannot have the complete picture regarding his tax payment responsibility.
- The said Special Notices are being sent by the MCGM to landlords, housing societies etc. It is possible that the landlords or the Society officials may not circulate copies to the tenants and the members who are important stake holders in the matter. It would be hence desirable that the MCGM issues an advisory or direction to the owners/addressees of the Special Notices to circulate them to all the occupants in the building to enable them to send their comments and objections, if any, to the MCGM in time. This will save a lot of potential disputes and litigations which can unnecessarily jeopardize the new tax system.
- The 21 days time given for response/objections is not at all adequate. The MCGM has taken good 3 years to set the new tax regime in motion but has given only 3 weeks to respond to the Notice and all the property facts and the parameters stated in the attachments. It is suggested that the time should be extended at least to 60 days.
- The change over in the system for levy of BMC tax/property tax impacts all citizens of Mumbai. Therefore, the entire process has to be transparent and citizens should not be compelled to run from pillar to post.
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For JANHIT MANCH
Please make liberal use of the attached GR 8/18 Dated 18.01.2013 while lodging any complaint with Govt.Dept.
The Order says to dispose off complaints within 3 months. If not, the reason to be submitted in monthly reports.
J.B.Patel – Jeby
Housing Societies Activist