No taxes for Palata’s impoverished families

- Tularam Pandey, KALIKOT

Aug 21, 2018-

A village assembly in Palata Rural Municipality, Kalikot, has announced that it will not impose taxes on the village’s impoverished families. The assembly on Wednesday declared to provide the families with free services to register their personal records and recommendations for relationships and citizenships, among others.

But the free services do not apply to the export of medicinal herbs, as the office will charge Rs5 to Rs100 for the export. The municipal office will also continue imposing taxes on the registration and renewal of businesses and organisations.

Laxman Bahadur Bam, chairperson of the rural municipality, said the majority of the families in Palata are living under the poverty line.

Relaxing the taxes has garnered a lot of positive response in Palata. Civil society leader Bharatraj Bista said, “People living in Palata have been facing a lot of difficulties due to their poor economic conditions. That is why the villagers are optimistic about the assembly’s decision.”

Tilgufa Municipality in Jumla has also declared not to impose taxes on the poor. Mayor Ratan Bahadur Shahi said,” The municipality will provide almost all the services free of cost, but will impose taxes on the activities of businesses, transportation of the medicinal herbs and extraction of sand and pebbles.”

Published: 21-08-2018 08:59

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