The Delhi Congress has demanded the South Delhi Municipal Company (SDMC) to provide rebate in property tax to these households that are underneath monetary duress to Covid-19 and in addition to merchants whose outlets remained shut for many a part of the lockdown.
In a letter written to SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti, Abhishek Dutt, vice-president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, additionally appealed to the civic physique to waive off property tax for these households, the place the house owners have succumbed to Covid-19, forsaking their “orphaned kids.” He mentioned households, the place Covid-19 deaths have taken place, must also be supplied some aid in property tax.
“Throughout the second wave of Covid-19, we have now seen in a number of households how each the incomes members in addition to the only breadwinner of the household died, and their kids are left alone. In such instances , the civic physique mustn’t gather property tax until the kids flip 18,” mentioned Dutt on Sunday.
The Congress councillor from Andrews Ganj additional mentioned the SDMC ought to lengthen the final date of tax submission to August 31 from June 30. The East Delhi Municipal Company has already prolonged the final date of tax submission to August 31.
Dutt mentioned there are practically 415,000 property tax payers, however solely 131,00owners have paid the tax. “Thus far, solely ₹60 crore has been collected as property tax in opposition to ₹400 crore collected throughout the identical interval final 12 months,” he mentioned.
To spice up property tax assortment and encourage folks to get vaccinated, the SDMC can be offering a further rebate of 5% on property tax to those that have taken each the jabs of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Within the letter, Dutt additionally requested for offering rebate to merchants and permit guide submission of property tax this 12 months.
“Merchants have witnessed enormous losses of their enterprise as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Their outlets remained closed for a lot of months final 12 months and had been additionally shut for over a month this 12 months so it’s a matter of survival for them. The civic physique ought to undertake a extra liberal strategy and supply some rebate in tax submission,” Dutt mentioned.
When contacted, SDMC officers admitted to have obtained Dutt’s letter however didn’t touch upon the matter.