Around 28 different buses of different schools and colleges have failed to deposit the Motor Vehicle Tax (MVT) of period 2014-2015 worth Rs.7 lakh. However, District Transport Officer (DTO) has failed to collect the tax from the buses as this is a loss to the government.The names of prominent schools and colleges, which have failed to pay the tax, are there in the list. It is responsibility of schools and colleges to pay the tax in time.
The government in respect of vehicles used for colleges or other educational institutions running up to 50 kms from the place of registration specified the rate of MVT as Rs.35000 per annum and in respect of vehicles used for schools Rs.20,000 per annum.However, Punjab government revised the rate of Motor Vehicle Tax includes vehicles used for educational institutions and colleges vehicles having 12 seats should pay Rs 40,000 per annum, a vehicle having 13-30 seats should pay Rs 50,000 per annum, vehicles having 31 seats and above have to pay Rs. 60,000 per annum.
According to the official reports of the District Transport Department, 28 school/college buses have not deposited MVT amounting Rs 7,36,750. However, interest on pending amount has also been added by the department.According to sources in the department, higher officials are not interested in recovering the pending dues and tax as crores of rupees were still pending. This is the loss of government as authorities are least interested in recovering this amount.Rohit Sabharwal, RTI Activist who has taken the information under RTI said, “I have given complaints to the department concerned but authorities are least interested in covering the same as officials should compound the buses and relief after taking all the tax.”
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