Delhi Cabinet approves DMC (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today approved the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008, that provides for procedure to be followed by the existing Municipal Taxation Tribunal for disposal of its functions.

The decision to approve the DMC(Amendment) Ordinance, 2008, which would be promulgated by Delhi Lt Governor Tejender Khanna after obtaining instructions from the President, was taken in a Cabinet Meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet Meeting, Ms Dikshit said the ordinance would be promulgated to make provisions for procedure to be followed by the existing Municipal Taxation Tribunal for disposal of its functions.

''It has been decided to amend section 169, 170 and 171 of the DMC Act, 1957. Section 169, which was first amended in 2003, is being further amended to make provisions for smooth functioning of the Municipal Taxation Tribunal, which was constituted in 2007 for hearing appeals against levy or assessment or revision of assessment of any tax under the Act after introduction of the Unit Area Method of Assessment of Property Tax.

As no formal provision exists in law in regard to the procedure to be followed by the Tribunal for its functions which are mainly judicial in nature, it is necessary to provide a proper legal back up to the procedure to avoid any legal complications in future,'' the Chief Minister said.

The Amendment to Section 169 would make provision for appointment of a Registrar and other staff for the Tribunal and vesting limited powers of the civil court in the Tribunal. A few more amendments of minor character are being effected in Section 170 and 171 of the Act since these are required for the smooth implementation of the Act.

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