The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) drew flak from the Haryana government for failing to dispose of 55,000 objections regarding house tax filed by residents since 2009-10.
Although the MCG had decided that officials would take up 100 objections per day from July 23, there has been not much movement on this front, leading to huge financial loss to the civic body.
In a stern message, the newly-appointed finance commissioner and principal secretary, urban local bodies, P Raghavendra Rao, has directed the MCG to clear the pendency of objections and table a report the earliest.
The official also said the corporation had failed to motivate the people to try the option of self-assessment of tax. The deadline for this expires on December 31.
The MCG had, in March 2012, introduced a self-assessment scheme, hoping that tax payers would solve most of the objections on their own.
Meanwhile, the MCG's house tax dues have gone up to Rs 600 crore. Sensing action, the MCG has written a letter to the state government urging it to grant at least two months to clear all these objections.
"We have requested the state government to give us at least two months' time to dispose of all objections. Several steps have been undertaken to address the issue," said VS Dahiya, the MCG commissioner.
The MCG commissioner has requested the residents to make use of the self-assessment scheme. "We have given advertisements with all the tax-related norms and calculations. On that basis anyone can easily assess his/her tax," said the MCG commissioner.
"We have uploaded tax calculation methods on our website. Besides, I have also directed the taxation department to expedite the hearing and dispose of the cases or objections as fast as possible," said the commissioner.
The MCG has been facing staff crunch. "We have been seeking the support of the people as without it we cannot clear the pendency," he added.
On December 3, the Supreme Court too had asked the MCG to first clear 55,000 objections before it slaps fresh tax on residents. The court delivered the ruling during the final hearing on a petition filed by Gurgaon Citizens' Council (GCC) against levying of tax.
The GCC on Tuesday reiterated its position on not paying house tax till the MCG clears the pending objections.