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Friday, February 12, 2010
Senior Citizens to get 5 % property tax rebate in Mumbai : Municipal Corporation to give more benefits
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to give senior citizens a five per cent rebate in property taxes. Those above 65 years of age will also not be charged for admission in BMC-run hospitals.
The civic body has drawn up the proposal and will pass it next week at its group leaders’ meeting. Niyaz Wanu, NCP corporator and group leader, said it is BMC’s duty to help senior citizens as most complain that their children do not take care of them. “It is very difficult for senior citizens to meet their daily expenses.
If the BMC gives them some concessions, they can manage their lives better. We have decided not to charge any admission fee if they come for treatment to BMC-run hospitals,” said Wanu.
Once the proposal is passed, senior citizens will not pay any entry fee at civic zoos including the Jijamata Udyan at Byculla, and get 75 per cent concession at BMC swimming pools. “We will reserve 10 seats in the front rows of BMC theatres across the city for senior citizens and charge them only 50 per cent of the ticket cost.
They will also get 25 per cent concession for blood tests, cardiograms, MRI and echo-cardiology tests at civic hospitals. If property is in the senior citizen’s name, they will get five per cent property tax rebate.
We will also set up separate counters for senior citizens at each bill paying centre,” said Sunil Prabhu, Sena corporator and House leader.
Ravindra Waikar, the BMC’s standing committee chairman, said, “These facilities will help elderly people live their lives better. Otherwise, nobody cares about senior citizens.”
Good though by BMC but we need to have Uniform Age for classification of Senior Citizens. Age of 60+ should be treated as Senior Citizens. You retire people at 60yrs. This all is happening due to solid work by FESCOM and its associate NGO's like Silver Inning Foundation Advocacy. Now BMC should go ahead an start Day Center for Elderly - Enrichment centers, Dementia Day Center and Geriatric Wards in all BMC Hospitals.They should rope in NGO's working for Elderly to manage services.
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