'Extra burden of hiked circle rates to fall upon poor'

Reacting to the recent hike in circle rates, state BJP unit president Vijender Gupta on Thursday said chief minister Sheila Dikshit has put additional burden on poor people who plan to buy a house in the city.

“By increasing the circle rates for the fourth time since November 2011, Delhi government has broken the dream of the homeless people to have a house of their own,” said Gupta.

Adding to woes

“While this government cannot do anything about migrants who have already settled in the city, by increasing the circle rates every three months it is making difficult for anyone to buy his own house,” he said while demanding immediate withdrawal of the hiked amount of circle rates.

He also added that 60 per cent of the population in Delhi belongs to E, F, G and H categories and about 50 lakh people alone belong to the G and H category for which the government should not have increased the circle rates in any condition.

 “These people are already living in miserable conditions without any civic amenities. The government is only burdening the poor man who cannot afford to live at some better place,” he said.

 BJP president added that 60 per cent of the population here earns less than Rs 8,000 per month. He also said considering the fact that they have to spend 60 per cent of their income on house rent, the government should not have increased circle rates and given priority to the houses for the poor since they are the backbone of our economy.

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