Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) too figured in the list of tax defaulters and have over Rs27.04 crore dues. Divisional Sports Complex in Mankapur, which is facing financial crisis over its maintenance, hasn’t paid Rs2.95 crore tax.
Even the police department owes over Rs1.50 crore, including Rs1.35 crore of Hudkeshwar police station, to the NMC. IGGMCH has defaulted tax of Rs84.53 lakh. Superintendent of police, CID (crime) too has not paid tax dues worth Rs8.92 lakh.
The income tax department, which penalizes citizens over late payment of tax, itself is a big defaulter. NMC’s official list of property tax defaulters shows that the IT department has not paid tax to the tune of Rs59.83 lakh. The apex training institution of the Indian Revenue Service and the Income Tax Department — NADT — too figured in the defaulters’ list over Rs18.97 lakh unpaid property tax.
According to NMC’s tax department data, the Dharampeth zone has the most state and central government institutions under its jurisdiction at 184. The non-payment of property tax is affecting the zone’s tax recovery. It is followed by Satranjipura zone with 36, followed by Mangalwari (24), Laxmi Nagar (22), Ashi Nagar (21), Hanuman Nagar (16), Lakadganj (15), Gandhibagh (14) and Nehru Nagar (13).
“Property tax is a major source of revenue for the NMC. The police department owes us money, so do government-owned hospitals and income tax institutions. We have issued notices to them,” said a senior official.
The officer said as most of the government offices failed to make budgetary provisions, they find it difficult to pay tax. He said though most of the government offices prefer book adjustments with the NMC, many offices have still defaulted since many years.
Civic activists said the NMC should act tough against government departments defaulting tax. Like any other common citizens, their properties should be attached and if they fail to clear the dues, the civic body should proceed with auction procedure, said the activists.