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State considers replicating PMC model

The initiative of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to waive general tax on property owned by ex-servicemen residing in its jurisdiction is all set to get implemented in all civic bodies across the state.

The initiative of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to waive general tax on property owned by ex-servicemen residing in its jurisdiction is all set to get implemented in all civic bodies across the state. The state government is considering its implementation across the state.

“The office of chief minister had sought clarification on possible implication in tax collection if the general tax in property is waived for ex-servicemen,” said Vilas Kanade,tax assessment and collection officer.

The state had sought detailed information on the number of beneficiaries likely to gain from the decision,he said,adding that the civic administration has conveyed the information available at the district sainik welfare office.

A state government officer said the chief minister is likely to take a decision on the proposal after the on-going Assembly session. “The PMC proposal that would benefit ex-servicemen is a good one. The state government thinks all ex-servicemen in the state should gain from it. Thus,the civic bodies have been asked to furnish the details,” he added.

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District sainik welfare officer Shirish Karajgi said there is no specific data with them on the ex-servicemen residing or holding property in the PMC jurisdiction as those registered are from the entire Pune district. “It is also not neccessary that all ex-servicemen would be registered with us. Many are registered in other district welfare offices but own property in the city,” he said,adding that the intention of giving benefit to ex-servicemen would be to include ex-servicemen with property in the city irrespective of their registration in any district office.

Shiv Sena corporator Sagar Malkar,who had proposed the waiver in general tax for property owned by ex-servicemen or their kins,said the state has shown interest in the proposal but has been delaying the scheme for long.

“The government is not likely to get the exact information on ex-servicemen residing in the city. The district sainik office has 3,000 ex-servicemen registered in the city,while there are around 32,000 of them in the city as it is among the favourite cities for ex-servicemen to settle down,” he added.

The Sangli Municipal Corporation has proposed to give similar benefits to mothers and wives of those servicemen who attained martyrdom during wars. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has sought waiver in general tax on property of ex-servicemen.

But the benefits have been made conditional. It says the benefitting ex-serviceman should have served for 15 years,either wife or mother or father of the martyr is entitled to avail of this plan,beneficiaries will have to furnish a certificate about his/ her being alive from the District Sainik Welfare Office. Offspring of the martyrs or ex-servicemen cannot avail of this plan.