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Top News We must worry when politicians across party lines play politics with the finances of our cities especially since the current sources of revenue of municipalities in India are grossly inadequate for discharging their constitutional mandate of delivering public services The most recent threat to municipal finances came in the just concluded municipal elections in Delhi The Delhi Chief Minister announced that if the AAP came to power in municipal corporations the Delhi state government would waive house tax for all residential properties — big or small rich or poor It is a separate matter that he can fulfil this promise only if the Government of India (GoI) approves this move Property tax is the single most important source of revenue for municipal corporations and municipalities It accounts for 30 per cent of “own” municipal revenues in India While property tax is levied and collected by the urban local bodies the state government has the power to design the property tax regime including the tax rates exemptions and rebates the tax base and the basis for the valuation of properties as well as their revaluation every few years to account for rising prices This means that the political parties vying for power in the state can be tempted to promise a waiver or reduction in the property tax or grant of exemptions in order to win support during election time thereby creating huge vulnerabilities for municipal finances subsequently The largest source of revenue for the urban local bodies therefore tends to get caught in the wheels of the election cycle The resulting collapse of municipal services hurts voters but they do not realise how it is directly linked to the populist decision to cut property tax or house tax as it is commonly called when levied on residential properties Delhi is not the only culprit giving nightmares to those who have to manage the finances of running their cities and be accountable for delivering public services Rajasthan abolished property tax in February 2007 after the BJP formed the government in the state delivering on its poll promise of 2003 However the tax was brought back within six months in a new incarnation as “urban development tax” to recoup the loss of revenue resulting from the property tax abolition and also to retain access to Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) funds for urban infrastructure In Punjab house tax on self-occupied residential houses which form the bulk of the properties covered under the tax was abolished in the late 1990s by the Akali Dal government In 2006 attracted by the desire to access JNNURM funds to build infrastructure in Amritsar and Ludhiana the Congress government in Punjab entered into an agreement with the GoI to put in place a reformed property tax regime in these cities but was not able to implement the agreement The Akali-BJP government was elected in Punjab in 2007 and again in 2012 Property tax was finally introduced in 2013 although following the familiar pattern property tax rates were cut by almost half and many categories were exempted during the campaign for the general elections in 2014 Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have also each had a bash at blowing the budgets of their municipalities by giving major exemptions in their property tax regimes It is not surprising that property tax is grossly under-exploited in India even though it remains the largest source of revenue for urban local bodies There is need to set up a property tax board in each state which could set out better and more transparent methods of assessment valuation and collection of the tax using GIS and other IT tools There is a lot to be learnt from the property tax reforms in Bengaluru and Hyderabad which are still works in progress There is also need to add a municipal finance list in the Constitution which should specify taxes that are exclusively in the domain of the local government Above all there is need to heed the sage advice of the Fourteenth Finance Commission: “The state government should not provide exemptions to any entity from the tax and non-tax levies that are in the jurisdiction of local bodies In cases where the grant of such an exemption becomes necessary the local bodies should be compensated for the loss” State governments will then not be able to play politics with municipal finances Financial autonomy to set user charges to cover costs of delivering public services is also crucial if we are to see a process of turnaround in the state of service delivery in our cities In fact state governments should match increased local revenue effort with larger grants It is now 25 years since the 74th Constitutional Amendment mandated that state governments transfer to urban local bodies the responsibility for functions such as urban planning including town planning regulation of land-use and construction of buildings roads and bridges provision of water sanitation public health urban amenities such as public parks gardens and playgrounds slum improvement and upgradation etc A number of these functions have been devolved by the state governments over the past 25 years However the golden goose of town planning continues to be held by most state governments Once transferred town planning can be used as a major instrument to unlock land value so that the cities can go about the business of land zoning and developing urban infrastructure with the finances raised in the process In principle devolution to urban local bodies is supposed to be based on the recommendations of state finance commissions (SFCs) set up by the state governments SFCs are supposed to spell out the principles for sharing/devolving a part of the revenue of the state governments to municipal bodies but they have not been able to challenge the state-level political resistance to devolve funds to the urban local bodies The ground reality is that the urban local governments have remained hamstrung by the lack of funds and the situation is going from bad to worse Total municipal revenues in India declined from 108 per cent of the GDP in 2007-08 to 103 per cent in 2012-13 the latest year for which this information is available The same ratio is 6 per cent in South Africa and 74 per cent in Brazil What is more the transfers from the state governments in India are neither guaranteed nor predictable In South Africa the transfers are determined and announced at the time of the annual budget A major recent setback for financial devolution to urban local bodies has been the way in which they were completely ignored in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) negotiations which are now closed With all the talk of cooperative federalism there is little inclination on the part of state governments to devolve even a small part of revenue from the GST to the third tier If Indian cities are to deliver a better quality of life and improved investment climate they need to have business models which are financially and environmentally sustainable The writer is chairperson of Icrier and former chairperson of the high-powered expert committee on urban infrastructure services For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: November 20 2017 3:38 am A tweet by Jyoti Thakur to PM Narendra Modi Top News Meerut Police on Sunday arranged for ferrying a paralysed seven-year-old cow to the Indian Veterinary Research Insititute (IVRI) in Bareilly for treatment The Indian Express on Saturday reported how the cow’s owner Jyoti Thakur had been sending distress tweets to the prime minister Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other ministers and senior BJP leaders since November 13 She could not find anyone to ferry the cow over a distance of 200 kms as they were scared of cow vigilantes SSP Meerut Manzil Saini on Sunday visited Jyoti’s residence at Lala Mohammadpur village in Meerut and made arrangements to ferry the animal “After the documents were arranged a 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For all the latest India News,” he added. offers, For the cabinet builder, The court has left the decision in the hands of Returning Officer of the Election Commission (EC) to allot the symbol to Dinakaran as an independent candidate for the bypoll.Dinakaran had on November 30 approached the Delhi High Court challenging the Election Commission’s order in the two leaves symbol case The Election Commission had in November allotted the AIADMK’s “two leaves” symbol to the unified front of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami (EPS) and Panneerselvam (OPS) However after the order was passed Dinakaran said the poll panel “cannot act impartially” and that he would challenge the order in the Supreme Court The election to the Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly seat will be held onDecember 21 Counting of votes will be held onDecember 24 and the election process will be completed before the 26th The seat fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December 2016 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Updated: March 14 2014 11:35 am Related News With the battle between Punjab Congress leaders to claim credit for the Rs 3000-crore grant expected from Centre peaking this weekthe party high commands lunch diplomacyto bring about a truceseems to have only brought the deep fissures to the fore Congress Working Committee member Jagmeet Singh Brar and Punjab party chief Partap Singh Bajwa reportedly broke into a heated debate at the unity lunch hosted by Congress general secretary and Punjab in-charge Shakeel Ahmed in Delhi on Monday Sources said Brar and Bajwa objected to each others presence at Maan village in Lambi constituency following alleged intimidation of Congress workers there in May this year Bajwa pointed out that Brar chose to go to the village on his own a few days before Bajwa had planned a massive show of solidarity there Brar retorted by saying that the situation was too grave for his having waited for Bajwa to arrive at the scene The Congress chief then stated that Brars rushed visit had no impact as the situation had not changed much in the village even after his visit The discussion led to a heated exchange of words between the two forcing the others to intervene Sources add that Bajwa was almost half an hour late for the meeting and during this time the issue of the alleged letter written by Captain Amarinder Singh to the party high command about Bajwas antecedents was also discussed Sources further informed that Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar criticised Bajwas working saying that he was running the party as a one-man show and needed to trust others around him Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal talked about individualization of the partyprobably hinting at Captain Amarinders style of functioning Resentment among party leaders having not been given their due position during Rahul Gandhis visit to Sangrur for laying the foundation stone of the PGI satellite centre was also aired Shakeel Ahmed is believed to have told Bajwa to carry everyone along and prepare the party for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls He asked him to keep all the senior leaders in good humour and approach others humbly He gave instances of his working when he was the party president in Bihar The high commands lunch diplomacy comes at a time when the senior Congress leadership is severely divided This timeover the issue of who gets to take credit for the Rs 3000 crore grant that is likely to come Punjabs way to tackle water logging in the state Jakhar and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met the Prime Minister and flagged the issue during his visit to Chandigarh last month Later the two jointly met Planning Commission head Montek Singh Ahluwalia as had been suggested by the Prime Minister Within days of Jakhars meeting with MontekhoweverBajwa along with an MP and three MLAs in tow went to meet Montek on the same subject Bajwa had announced in the Rahul Gandhi rally in Sangrur that he will take every Congress MLA and MP to Delhi with him for this grant But in the end he could muster only four people Even the MLA whose area stands to benefit the most from the grant did not go with him?500 registered voters, For all the latest India News, Indrani introduced me as her sibling. whose talent has regularly been overshadowed by his ability to attract controversy, Jessica Taylor.

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