Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started giving exemption from property tax to ex-servicemen and families of martyrs from army, BSF, CRPF, police and fire brigade. They will be totally exempt from property tax demand from current fiscal after making an application and submitting required documents.
Mayor Pravin Datke, ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari and chairman of tax consultative committee Girish Deshmukh announced the decision in a press conference on Friday.
“NMC general body passed a resolution on May 30, 2012, to give exemption. Government issued a notification on April 7 this year and announced exemption to medal winning defence personnel and dependents of martyrs. We extended the benefit to martyrs from almost all departments. Special camp in association with All India Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association is being organized on June 25 and 26 at its office at Raghuji Nagar. Over 5,500 people are likely to be benefit from the policy,” Deshmukh said.
The exemption will not be given to commercial properties, those on rent, and if widow of ex-servicemen remarries. Assistant commissioner of all ten zones have been given powers to verify the application and documents followed by approval of exemption. Datke said NMC was not thinking about any such exemption from water tax.
On steep increase in property tax under new system, Datke said NMC can rethink in case property tax of a majority of taxpayers increased to a great extent. “We can come one step back in case citizens are facing problems,” he said.
Accepting there was delay in distribution of property tax demand notes, Deshmukh said it was because of process to replace manual payment entry by online. “We will ensure distribution of demand notes soon,” he added.
Credits Times of India