Dog tax refuses to flee, tail between legs.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which had approved to waive off the dog tax in its budget estimate for the year 2009-10 is now reconsidering its decision.
A proposal to retain the present dog tax of Rs 5 is being tabled in the civic body’s standing committee meeting to be held on Wednesday.
According to the MCD, under Section 136 of Delhi Municipal Act (DMC), 1957 there is a provision of a tax on certain vehicles and animals, including a dog. At present, an amount of Rs. 20, including Rs. 15 for dog token and Rs. 5 for dog tax is being charged from pet dog owners.
As per the earlier approval to waive off the dog tax, the municipal commissioner had directed to examine its other implications.
It was argued the waiving of dog tax would require amendment in the DMC Act, which would be a cumbersome process. The civic body also submitted that pet dog owners being mostly in the “affluent” category could easily bear the tax.