CREDAI urges govt not to hike ASR this year

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 25 January 2019

“The Real Estate sector is going through hard phase for various reasons including RERA, high GST, financial reforms, NBFC crisis, market demand-supply situation." added Kataria.

PUNE: The Real Estate sector is going through difficult phase hence CREDAI Maharashtra has requested the State government not to increase Annual Statement of Rates (ASR) this year. The demand is not only to keep ASR as it is, but to reduce the ASR rates wherever it can actually be reduced. Maintaining Ready Reckoner Rate (RR) will not lead to revenue loss, said Shantilal Kataria, President CREDAI Maharashtra in a press release.

On behalf of CREDAI, a presentation was made to the policy makers and the members of the Legislature which mentioned the requisite steps to be taken that would result in the increase of sales and revenue for the state. This is not currently happening due to the ASR’s climbing rates.

“The Real Estate sector is going through hard phase for various reasons including RERA, high GST, financial reforms, NBFC crisis, market demand-supply situation. Therefore, CREDAI Maharashtra has requested the state government not to increase ASR this year. We demand that ASR rates be reduced wherever it can actually be reduced by using the powers to cut the rates bestowed last year through the amendment to the ACT” added Kataria.

Rise in ASR not only increases the stamp duty but also increases premium, labour cess, levies and other taxes etc. In order to have fair and just legal system, specific cases where transactions are not happening should be addressed specifically and rates in ASR be reduced. 

During 2018-2019, even though the ASR was kept constant, the revenue of Govt. has substantially increased; hence it is clear that even if ASR is kept constant the revenue can increase. In past 6 years ASR has been increased 5 out of 6 times. As a result across the state, rates in ASR have almost doubled. But in reality, the home prices have remained stable over past 6 years, added Kataria

“We have already given a presentation on the same to the Govt. and this time they have agreed to look into it the same positively. Long pending issue of injustice is due to foot notes, is expected to be resolved this time,” stated Kataria.

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