Property Tax will infuse sense of contribution for development: Mayor

Mayor Rajinder Sharma addressing a press conference at Jammu on Friday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Mayor Rajinder Sharma addressing a press conference at Jammu on Friday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: Mayor of Jammu, Rajinder Sharma today claimed that there was no public resentment against imposition of Property Tax in the Union Territory and the Government move was aimed to infuse a sense of contribution for the developmental purpose.
“People are ready to move forward, to progress and contribute for the development as giving Rs 300-600 in a year by the landlords does not annoy anyone,” he said while talking to media persons, here today.

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Pointing out that Rs 300 to 400 thousand crores are given by the Centre for Municipal bodies in Jammu and Kashmir and generation of around Rs 20 crores through Property Tax was just invoking a sense of contribution and self dependence.
“The meager amount of Rs 20 crores collected through Property Tax will not run the Corporation budget but this is an initiative to contribute and infuse a sense of responsibility for development of our city,” he added.
In response to a query, the Mayor said that the process of filing Property Tax by the owners of residential and commercial complexes will certainly take some time even as the tax is coming into force from tomorrow i. e April 1, 2023.
While elaborating he said that the process of generating QR code was not yet completed while each house as well as establishment has also to be allotted a number and hence formal collection of Property Tax would take some time.
Moreover, he added, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has sought suggestions from the people and the same may also be taken into consideration and therefore, filling of Property Tax would begin only after these exercises are completed.
The Mayor also informed about the initiatives being taken by the Jammu Municipal corporation for saving environment. “We have prepared the project for diverting the flow of Nallahs from Tawi river and prepare manure from the waste while plastic will be completely banned,” he said and added that a conference on G20 goal of safe environment will also be organized soon with the involvement of other local bodies.
Appreciating the cooperation of Jammu people extended to the JMC’s imitative on cleanliness by avoiding immersion of holy ‘Saakh’ in Tawi River on culmination of Navratras, Rajinder Sharma said that no change can be brought without the involvement and willingness of the society.