Chandigarh: To everyone’s shock, the Punjab government on Tuesday issued a notification which says that people will now have to pay tax for having domestic animals.
As per the notification issued by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government, people of Punjab who have a dog, cat, sheep, pig, deer, etc. as domestic animal will have to pay Rs 250 per year as tax.
For having bigger mammals like buffalo, bull, camel, horse, cow, elephant, etc. at home, the annual tax outgo will be Rs 500.
The government has decided to give a ‘branding code’ to each pet animal across the state. A microchip will also be embedded in the animal to keep a track of the pets, said the notification.