July 10, 2010 4:46:35 am
The War Decorated India (TWDI),an organisation representing the highly decorated soldiers (HDS),has urged the Pune Municipal Corporation to provide complete tax exemption on one property personally owned by such soldiers.
The demand was put forth in a letter written by Major Uday Sathe,state director,WDI,who also met Mayor Mohan Singh Rajpal asking for several concessions for the HDS.
Vilas Kanade,joint commissioner,PMC said,At present,we are pursuing the demand of giving exemption in general tax component to ex-servicemen,which is 50 per cent of the total component. The formalities regarding this are in final stages.
According to the letter,there are only 1,557 HDS,out which only 105 live in the state. The city hosts only 10 per cent of these highly decorated soldiers. A few facilities to such brave souls would honour such soldiers and make the citizens proud, the letter stated.
The debate on providing tax exemption to ex-servicemen has been going on for the last over two years and the PMC had received the first nod in the general body meeting in May last year. The public hearing is over and the necessary changes have been made in the format. An approval by the standing committee has also been received. Post the nod in the forthcoming general body meeting,the document would be sent to the state government for the approval. We are expecting the exemption to be applicable from next year, he added.
The letter also asked the civic body to provide free parking to these soldiers along with suggestions to hold a special civic reception to honour these brave men.
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