Pvt schools may have to cough up licence fee: South corpn

New trade policy proposes revised fee for various businesses.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has proposed that private schools and kindergartens should be treated as trade and licence fee made mandatory for them.

According to the revised trade licence policy of SDMC, private institutes and coaching centres —which make money and don't pay fees to government — will have to seek licence from the corporation.

According to the new policy, public schools, private colleges, technical institutes, vocational institutes, study centres of universities of other states, skill development courses, music, aerobics, dancing and fine arts training centres, grooming academies, computer classes, coaching centres, correspondence tutorials and kindergarten have to pay a licence fee to the corporation.

The licence fee of these institutes will range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 15,000. SDMC officials said the inclusion of private schools in category of trade is valid. "Private schools charge a heavy amount as fee from children and we do not consider them as non-profit organisations. Private schools have to pay licence fee. Schools up to Class X have to pay an annual licence fee of Rs 10,000 and those up to Class XII will have to pay Rs 15,000," Rajesh Gehlot, chairman of the Standing Committee, SDMC, said.

Other trades, too, have been brought under the new trade policy and will require a licence from the corporation. These are: Multi-brand hyper marts; back-end data processing for banks, telecom, insurance or other sectors; BPOs; call centres; cable network; computer-aided design; cyber cafe; engineering project management services; telecom company offices; recharge coupon stores; DTH recharge coupon stores; STD- PCOs; ATM machines; bank branches or their offices; car finance; money transfer agencies; multi-level marketing companies; and share trading terminals — individual operated and limited to one machine.

The licence fee in the financial sector ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 15,000, an SDMC official said.

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