Congress councillors staged a dharna at Town Hall on Monday under the leadership of Leader of Opposition Jai Kishan Sharma and demanded exemption from property tax for residential self-occupied properties or properties occupied by legal heirs situated in village abadi.
In villages,there are joint families and they require residential areas in the same proportion. They also require plenty of space to keep their animals,like cows and buffalos,and to store fodder,besides the space needed to keep agricultural equipment and tractors etc, Sharma said.
He said that since this is the only source of their income,residential self-occupied properties or properties occupied by legal heirs in village abadi be totally exempted from property tax, he said.
Mayor Arti Mehra,however,said: Before April 1,2004,there was no property tax collected from village abadi but the then ruling Congress party imposed the tax on them. I assure that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will not impose any extra tax on village abadi.
MCD Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta said the Corporation doesnt want to impose any new burden through taxes on people living in villages. The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act can be amended only by the Home Ministry and not by the MCD. The Delhi government should pass a resolution and work for the benefit of the public. Moreover,the Congress should clarify why it imposed the property tax on village abadi in 2004, he said.
Leader of the House Subhash Arya said: In a resolution on June 2,2008,the MCD had decided that self-occupied portions in only one residential property of any original owner or the legal heirs will be exempted from payment of the house tax in village abadi. The MCD never wanted to put any limits on tax exemption.