Many would find it baffling but the Punjab government is going to impose tax on people who have domestic animals as pets in their household.
This after a notification issued from state government where in it has been clarified that all pet animals will now be taxed, including cats, dogs, horses, pigs, buffaloes and cows.The notification was issued by the Department of Local Administration which is headed state minister Navjot Singh Siddhu. As per order, residents in Punjab will have to pay tax of Rs 250 per year for keeping domestic animals like dog, cat, pig, sheep, deer etc and Rs 500 per year for buffalo, bull, camel, horse, cow, elephant and so on.
The notification further states that a ‘branding code’, identification mark or number, will also be given to each animal on code branding or microchip installed on the animal. Furthermore, their owners will have to take a licence from the authority which will have to be renewed every year.