Armed forces personnel exempted from house tax in Chandigarh
The Chandigarh MC specified that any person who has served or is serving on any rank whether as combatant or non-combatant in the naval, military or air forces will not be charged tax on their residential premises.Updated: Aug 25, 2018 12:23 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
The Chandigarh municipal corporation’s (MC) General House on Friday gave approval to exempt both retired and serving defence personnel living in the city from paying house tax.
The Chandigarh MC specified that any person who has served or is serving on any rank whether as combatant or non-combatant in the naval, military or air forces will not be charged tax on their residential premises. The decision is expected to cost MC Rs 35 lakh annually.
All councillors, including mayor Davesh Moudgil, welcomed the agenda, saying the city was proud to have so many veterans and serving officers whose contribution to the nation was remarkable.
Placing the agenda before the House, MC commissioner KK Yadav said 877 defence personnel were living in Chandigarh as per the list obtained through the Zila Sainik Board. They will not be charged house tax irrespective of the area of their property.
Nominated councillor Major General MS Kandal (retd), who was among the prominent voices to support the move, thanked MC for the decision.
Property tax in villages deferred
However, the House for the fourth time deferred the agenda to levy property tax in five villages as councillors demanded that the villages should first get basic facilities before any tax imposition.
Moudgil said a plan was currently being prepared to start series of development works in villages.
MC was planning to impose tax on commercial units in Hallomajra, Kajheri, Palsora, Maloya and Dadumajra.
In October 2015, the Chandigarh administration had asked MC to consider implementing property tax in these villages, but whenever the agenda came up in the House meetings, councillors rejected it stating that the villages should be provided basic amenities first.
During a survey, the MC had found over 2,500 commercial units in the villages. It was recommended that the commercial properties of these villages be included under the self-assessment scheme.
First Published: Aug 25, 2018 12:23 IST