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Recover of property tax Date: 15/06/2017
Nitish Sharma Tribune News Service Ambala, January 27 Private schools in Ambala owe huge amount of property taxes to the Ambala Municipal Corporation. The corporation has started a drive to recover the pending dues and warned of strict action, including sealing of property. On the other hand, the Private Schools’ Federation has threatened to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against any such action. As per the data procured from the MC, various private schools, including Convent of Jesus and Mary, Bhartiya Public School, Asha Ram Public School, SS Little Angels Convent School and Convent of Sacred Heart, owe over few thousands to Rs 50 lakh in form of property tax. Satyender Duhan, Commissioner, Ambala Municipal Corporation, told The Tribune, “Property tax is one of the main sources of revenue for the MC. The pending amount is very big and this is the prime reason that we are cash strapped. The process to recover the property taxes has been started. They will be recovered from all and there will no exemption.” “Some schools owe huge amount and they should clear their respective dues. The corporation is serving notices, but if they fail to pay their taxes, the corporation will be forced to take strict action and it may include legal route and sealing of property,” he said. Jai Bhagwan Sharma, owner of Asha Ram Public School, said, “The MC has not maintained its previous records and the taxes have not been evaluated properly. On the one hand the government has been asking the schools to not to increase the schools fees and putting pressure to educate children under Rule 134-A, but on the other, such huge taxes are being imposed. If the schools are forced to pay such huge taxes, then the burden will ultimately go on to the parents and children in form of increased fee.” Meanwhile, Kulbhushan Sharma, president, Federation of Private School Association, Haryana, said, “Revocation of property tax has been a long pending demand of the federation, but the government has not been paying any attention to it. The taxes will increase the school fee, which will make education costlier.” “Huge taxes are being imposed on schools that are under the MC limits, but there are no such taxes for schools that are out of it. The federation will move HC against this discrimination and the MC if any action regarding sealing of property was taken,” he said.