LSGD recommends levying 'hygiene fees' for marriage events, public gatherings

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Local Self-Government Department (LSG) in the state has come out with innovative ways to increase revenue collection, including hiking building tax and levying fees from those hosting marriages and other public events.

The department has tabled 24 recommendations, including permission to collect 'hygiene fees' for conducting marriage ceremonies and public meetings. The fees will be levied based on the number of people attending the marriage ceremony or events held in auditoriums, public venues and other places. Further, there is a plan to increase the fees charged when marriages are registered.

Apart from that, LSGD also recommends increasing the building tax. However, the government has already started preliminary steps to hike the building tax without impacting the marginalised section. Further, LSGD also suggests increasing permit fees on buildings constructed for commercial purposes. Permission is sought to increase building tax by five per cent each year.

Additionally, LSGD plans to impose fines for dumping waste in public spaces. The recommendations are submitted to principle director MJ Rajamanikyam.

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