Central and state government offices are the major tax defaulters of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) with collective service-cess dues of Rs 51 crore.
All government offices and educational institutes are exempted from paying property tax but they have to pay service cess, which is a consolidated tax for sewage, garbage, water, fire and cleanliness.
According to BMC sources, 94 central government offices were yet to pay service-cess worth Rs 31 crore, while 118 state government offices defaulted on paying Rs 20 crore to the corporation this fiscal.
General post offices located in New Market, Royal Market and Maida Mill, office of the Accountants General, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, M.P Rajya Tilhan Sangh, Bhopal Development Authority, MP Professional Examination Board and state transport department are some of the major tax defaulters with a pending cess of more than Rs 10 lakh each.
To recover the dues, BMC commissioner Chhavi Bhardwaj recently even issued warrants of attachment against those offices whose arrears crossed Rs 10 lakh.
Most of these offices are located in BMC’s zone 1, 2, 6,7, 9 , 10,13 and 15. Zonal officer of Zone-7 Arjun Meghnani told HT , “We have already issued a notice of property attachment to the GPO, New Market for failing to pay cess of`40.82 lakh, accumulated over more than five years.
“It is the biggest tax defaulter in our zone. Instead of clearing the dues, it had even threatened to move the Supreme Court to settle the issue. But after commissioner’s stern action, it paid Rs 19 lakh.
The commissioner had served a notice to the GPO asking it to clear the outstanding dues of Rs 40.82 lakh within next three days, he said.
Bhopal Development Authority’s chief executive officer Neeraj Vashisht, however, blamed the BMC’s “complex cess-calculation method for the present scenario. “We have asked the BMC to explain us in writing the figures they added up. The calculation of service cess is extremely complicated and we have to sort it out with the BMC. We will soon resolve this issue,” he said.
Major defaulters are
Rs 4.8 crore Vyapam (MP Professional Examination Board)
Rs 1.9 crore Bhopal Development Authority
Rs 63 lakh General post office, Maida Mill
Rs 51 lakh Madhya Pradesh Transport Department
Rs 40.82 lakh General post office, New Market
Rs 33 lakh Accountants General, MP
Rs 14 lakh BSNL