Aam Aadmi Party shouted slogans against the BJP in protest against the imposition of new professional tax by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the raising of many old taxes. AAP MLAs and activists marched on foot to the BJP office and raised the demand for withdrawal of the tax hike decision by the MCD.
During the demonstration, MCD in-charge of AAP in Delhi, Durgesh Pathak, said that the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation has imposed a tax burden on the Delhi people who were suffering economic losses during the Corona period. Durgesh Pathak said that BJP should immediately withdraw the decision of increased tax.
During the performance of the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Police also appealed for social distancing. However, during the Corona era, AAP leaders and activists completely ignored social distancing.
When AAP leader Durgesh Pathak was asked the question why social distancing is not being followed by the protesters. In response, Durgesh Pathak said, ‘We are helpless, we have no other way. At such a time, if we do not protest, then the BJP will become a dictator, so we have come to protest by putting our lives on our palm and are requesting everyone to follow social distancing.
On July 27, the Municipal Corporation of South Delhi approved the decision to increase property transfer duty (tax). Also, the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation had also introduced a new ‘professional tax’.
1. Professional Tax
In South Delhi, all professionals including doctors, engineers, architects, chartered accountants will have to pay a new type of ‘professional tax’. According to the passed proposal, professionals whose annual income will be from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh, will have to pay tax of Rs 1200 every year. And the professionals whose annual income will be from 9 lakh rupees to 12 lakh rupees, they will have to pay 1800 rupees tax every year. At the same time, professionals with annual income of 12 lakh or more will have to pay professional tax of Rs 2400 annually.
2. Property Transfer Duty
In South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the duty on the sale and purchase of property has been increased by 1%. Till now, if the property was transferred in the name of the woman, then 2% duty of the property was to be paid, which has been increased to 3%. Whereas, if the property transferred in the name of a man, now he will have to pay duty of 4%, which was 3% earlier.
3. House Tax
House tax will be collected by the Municipal Corporation in unauthorized colonies. Senior officer of the Municipal Corporation told ‘Aaj Tak’ that house tax was always being collected from raw colonies. According to the Act, if the colony is raw or confirmed, house tax has to be paid. But till now only 8 to 10% of people from raw colonies were paying house tax. For this reason, since the new tax system was implemented in 2004, the house tax till 2018 has been waived, but for this it will be mandatory to submit annual house tax for 2019 and 2020.
A senior official said that for example, for any residential house built in a 100-meter section in raw colonies, house tax of 1000 to 1200 rupees has to be paid annually. The Municipal Corporation estimates that 150 to 200 crores can be collected from the raw colonies on the recovery of the outstanding tax.
However, Opposition Prem Chauhan, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party’s South Delhi Municipal Corporation, has alleged that the Municipal Corporation is taking a new tax from unauthorized colonies in the name of waiving the old unpaid tax. Prem Chauhan said, ‘There are 927 unauthorized colonies in South Delhi, in these colonies the Municipal Corporation does not use any fund for basic facilities and development. Then why does the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation want to collect tax from unauthorized colonies? The demand of the Aam Aadmi Party is that the corporation should provide basic arrangements in the raw colonies.