Telangana government announces 50% rebate on property tax ahead of GHMC election

South India

During the last elections in 2016 also the Telangana government had announced property tax relief.

With an eye on the ensuing elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the Telangana government has decided to give 50 percent rebate to property owners on property tax for the financial year 2020-21.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao announced the tax relief as Diwali gift on Saturday, November 14. The rebate will be applicable to those, who pay tax up to Rs 15,000 a year in GHMC area and up to Rs 10,000 in other municipalities.

The minister said that the decision will benefit nearly 13.40 lakh families across the state to the tune of Rs.326.48 crores.  In the case of property owners, who have already paid the tax for the current fiscal, the amount will be adjusted in the next financial year, KT Rama Rao said.

Times of India reported that the tax rebate was given reportedly in view of ensuing elections to the GHMC, for which the State Election Commission (SEC) has already initiated election proceedings and the notification is expected soon.

During the last elections in 2016 also the Telangana government announced property tax relief. For those who had been paying up to Rs 1,000 tax a year, was asked to pay just nominal tax Rs 101.

Apart from this, the state government also enhanced salaries to the sanitation workers from Rs 14,500 to Rs 17,500. The government said the salaries were increased recognising their services during Covid 19 pandemic.

The minister said the state government will continue to disburse Rs 10,000 instant relief to the recent flood victims in Greater Hyderabad. He appealed the people to register their names in Mee Seva centres and provide bank details to avail the benefit.

Rao said that the state government had distributed Rs.475 crores to 4.75 lakh families so far under flood relief. He assured that the government was ready to allocate Rs.100 crore more to extend flood relief to the affected people (with inputs from agencies)

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