The group — Soldiers Independent Rehabilitation Foundation (SIRF) — conducted a press conference on Wednesday pressing for their demand.
“All municipal corporations across the state are giving this scheme’s benefits, except PMC. It is very unbecoming. The ex-serviceman housing federation is trying to take constant follow up, but is not getting any response from the authorities,” said Sumedha Chithade, secretary of SIRF.
The government had announced the scheme, “Balasaheb Thackeray Maji Sainik Sanman Yojana”, to give property tax discount on houses owned by ex-servicemen and war widows.
The PMC’s GB in June approved the tax waiver proposal to ex-servicemen with added benefits. As per state’s proposal, a discount was proposed only in general tax section of the property tax. But elected members unanimously decided to give total waiver. So effectively, beneficiaries will not have any tax now.
The officials said some of the tax collected by PMC goes to state. So, if PMC has to give total tax discount, clearance from the state would be needed. “The process of getting the clearance is under way. It will be completed soon and the scheme would be implemented accordingly,” said Vilas Kanade, head of PMC’s property tax department.