In Thursday’s house meeting, the Patiala municipal corporation (MC) is likely to clear the agenda to levy cow cess under Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act (1995) on sale of liquor, vehicles and marriage palaces. The agenda, it was learnt, was introduced during the house meet in February, but it was not taken up by the 50-member house.
Currently it collects Rs 60 lakh per annum as cow cess on existing items which, the MC claims, is used for running gaushala and feeding stray cows. With cess being introduced in other items now, it eyes to double up its tax collection once it becomes effective.
Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj said after clearing the said resolution in the coming house meet, it will be sent to the state government for final nod. “Once we receive the government notification, the cess will be made applicable,” he said, adding that the government process might take nearly a month’s time.
As per the MC’s proposal, cow cess of Rs 10 per bottle has been proposed on the sale of Indian made foreign liquor and Rs 5 on domestic liquor. 2 paise per unit will be charged on the consumption of electricity consumers while A/C marriage places will be charged Rs 500 per function. The cess is Rs 250 per function in non A/C marriage palace. Besides this, Rs 1,000 cess has been proposed on the sale of four wheelers, while a cess of `200 is proposed on the sale of two wheelers. Mayor said while the MC’s team would directly charge cow cess on marriage places, it would have to seek its share from the excise and the transport department for the cess to be levied on liquor and vehicles.
APPOINTMENT OF SANITATION WORKERS AT DC RATE
MC will also take up the proposal to appoint 200 sanitation workers at the DC rate, which was a major demand of the MC employees’ union in the recent times. Earlier, these workers were outsourced through a private contractor. With MC’s likely approval, they will be hired through government process on contract basis, it is learnt
ALLOTMENT RATE OF DIARY SHIFTING PROJECT PROPOSED AT RS 7,500 PER SQUARE YARD
As per the technical committee report, allotment rate in the diary shifting project has been proposed at Rs 7,500 per square yard. The MC house will discuss the rate and if approved, will be sent to the government for final nod. As per the report, 75% of the plots will be allotted based on draw system while rest of the plots will be auctioned.
The project spread over 20 acres in village Ablowal, will have the provision of nearly 200 plots and 50 shops of various sizes and it will be used to shift the diaries out of the walled city.