From a mail from Sgt S Narasimha Reddy:
Property Tax is a State Tax / subject. Hence, Central Govt. can at the most advise the states to give Property Tax exemption to ESM, but cannot make any Rules or give exemption in Property Tax.
The GO MS No. 83 dated 15-3-1997 and GO MS No. 301 Dt. 27-12-2016, on Exemption of property tax in respect of Ex-servicemen and widows of Ex-Servicemen etc. is applicable to entire Telangana State. Of course GO MS No. 83 only is applicable to Andhra Pradesh also.
However, for getting exemption in Property Tax an individual ESM has to apply to their respective Muncipalities/gram panchayats for exemption in property tax, by submitting relevant documents as required by the respective Muncipality/Gram Panchayat. If a Municipality or Gram Panchayat’s does not state the requirement of documents to be submitted, at least we have to submit a copy of proof of having the property in the name of ESM ( or even in the name of ESM’s spouse in the case of Telangana State) along with our application for exemption in Property Tax.
As per the rules no Property Tax can be collected and refusal to exempt an ESM amounts to illegal and forceful collection of the Tax. If such a situation arises, ESM can file a case in a Court of Law and get relief. But without an ESM applying for Property Tax exemption first, no Court can pass favourable orders in ESM favour.
( S NARASIMHA REDDY )
Ex-SGT, Cell No. 07382309902
MEMBER, TELANGANA –
EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE ASSOCIAT
REGN NO. 1316/2010,
ADDRESS : D.NO.11-20-45/401,
PIN 5000 035, TELANGANA STATE