Punjab’s Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday denied that his department had chalked out any proposal to levy a pet tax in Punjab. Sidhu’s denial came after opposition attacked him based on a news report that his department had proposed levying such tax.
While Punjab Local Bodies Department issued a statement denying the proposal, Sidhu told The Indian Express that “false reports were the figment of Akali imagination.”
Talking to The Indian Express Sidhu said, “There was no proposal for any such tax. The High Court had directed Punjab to formulate a policy to compensate a victim of dog bite. The direction had come following a writ petition by the father of a boy who died of rabies after being bitten by a dog. The court had directed the government to prepare a policy so that the victim’s family is compensated with Rs 1 lakh. We are just formulating that policy.”
Sidhu’s department said a statement that the documents being passed off as notification were the draft of ‘Punjab Municipal Corporation and Municipal (Registration Control of Stray Animals and Compensation to the Victim of Animal Attack) bylaws, 2017.
“Under the proposal, no new tax is intended to be imposed instead the letter has been released for framing a policy/proposal regarding giving compensation in case of death caused due to stray dog/animal biting.” said the statement.