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CAG objects to corporation not imposing SWM cess on places of worship

Mangaluru City Corporation not collecting solid waste management (SWM) cess from public places of worship in the city has now come under the scanner of the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sources in the corporation told The Hindu that the CAG, which audited the accounts of the corporation from 2012-13 to 2014-15, has objected to the civic body not imposing SWM cess on temples, churches, mosques and other public places of worship. It is estimated that the city has about 231 public places of worship.

Even if a minimum of Rs. 600 was imposed as SWM cess on them per annum, the civic body should have received Rs. 4.15 lakh in three years. The sources said that the corporation collected the SWM cess along with property tax since 2014-15. On the other hand, public places of worship are exempted from paying property tax under Section 110 of The Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976. Hence, managements of those public places of worship have not been paying property tax. As a result, the SWM cess was also not being collected.

Section 103 (B) (2) of The Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976 empowers the corporation to collect the SWM cess with property tax.

Now, the council of the corporation is, in its meeting on Tuesday, likely to take a decision on how to collect the cess from them, the sources said.

They said that if managements of public places of worship rented out their halls for marriage and functions, then they too would have to pay property tax.

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