SEVEN years after a resolution was passed by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the state government has finally allowed the civic body to waive off the general tax on properties owned by gallantry award winners of defence forces and widows of ex-servicemen.
In 2009, the PMC general body had passed a resolution seeking approval to waive off the general tax of the property owned by ex-servicemen residing in its jurisdiction. However, it has taken seven years for the state government to act and the PMC has taken three months to bring the government decision to effect. On April 5, this year, a government resolution — to be implemented with effect from April 1 — was issued. And now on July 1, PMC has sought approval of the standing committee to implement the government nod.
The PMC had actually sought waiver for all ex-servicemen, but the state government has restricted the waiver to gallantry award winner of defence forces and widows of ex-servicemen. The civic administration tabled the government notification before the standing committee on July 1, seeking consent for its implementation.
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ncidentally, the last date for paying the property tax to avoid penalty was June 30. In the given deadline, the civic body makes maximum collection every year as it also gives 10 per cent discount for those paying before the deadline.
In its proposal, the civic administration said that it be allowed to implement the government decision to waive off the general tax on a property owned by gallantry award winner of defence forces and widow of ex-servicemen. The general tax would include the water tax, conservancy tax, fire protection tax, tree conservation tax, water cess, sewage treatment tax, education cess.
It also clarified that the decision would be applicable for only one property and even if it is jointly owned with any member of the family. However, it would be necessary to submit certificate of gallantry award, letter of the district sainik board, copy of the property tax bill alongwith the application seeking waiver in property tax.
Those eligible for the property tax waiver would have to pay education tax and EGS tax of state alongwith vruksh kar till an amendment is in place for waiving them off.
Deputy Director of State Department of Sainik Welfare, Maj Milind Tungar (retd) said that the government decision is applicable for the entire state. “We welcome the state decision as it would benefit families of 65,000 widows of ex-servicemen in the state,” he said.