Taxing Dissent! BMC to tax agitators for protesting

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Bhubaneswar: In what could be seen, more than anything else, as a step to curb the voices of people, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that people staging demonstration in Bhubaneswar will have to pay taxes henceforth.

In a press meet held today, BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena informed that protestors sitting on ‘dharna’ here will have to pay a minimum of Rs 500 per day.

As per an official notification, if the number of protestors is less than 500, tax of Rs 1000 per day will be levied by BMC, while if there are more than 500 persons, a minimum tax of Rs 500 plus Rs 5 for every person above 500 will be collected.

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The notification further stated that for holding marriages or any other kind of procession, one has to pay Rs 5,000 to BMC as sanitation and administrative tax under new guidelines.

A copy of the new guidelines will be sent to the Commissionerate of Police, informed BMC officials.

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