Ex-servicemen in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas are still waiting for implementation of the property tax waiver scheme a year after announcement by the state government.
A group of ex-servicemen recently approached the PMC and demanded implementation of the scheme at the earliest. Nearly 20,000 properties would receive tax waiver once the scheme is rolled out. The civic administration claimed that procedural formalities for the same were underway.
As per the state government proposal in November 2020, ex-servicemen have been given tax waiver under a special scheme known as Balasaheb Thackeray Sainik Sanman Yojana. It also covers properties owned by war widows. “All major municipal corporations have already implemented this scheme except the PMC,” said Yogesh Chithade, an ex-serviceman.
“Some of the tax, which the PMC collects, goes to the state government. If we have to give total tax discount as per the general body proposal, we will have to complete a few procedural formalities. The process for the same is underway,” said Vilas Kanade, Head of PMC’s property tax department.
Prasad Kulkarni, TNN, Pune