Bhubaneswar, Sept 18 (LocalWire): To streamline the tax collection process, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has decided to hire self help groups and other area-level organisations, which will be given the responsibility to collect holding tax from houses as well as trade license fees from business establishments.
As part of the plan, one self help group will be given a municipal ward where it will depute its members to collect the holding as well as trade license fees.
‘We have issued expression of interest inviting self help groups to come and take the responsibility.
They will be selected through a competitive bidding process,’ BMC deputy commissioner, Srimanta Mishra, said.
Officials said that the selected self help groups will work in coordination with the existing tax collectors working with the civic body.
‘The aim is to boost the tax collection by streamlining the process since holding and trade license fees are the two most important revenue sources of our organisation,’ Mishra added.
The civic body stated in its official website that only registered self help groups are eligible to apply for the job.
The members will serve notices to houses and conduct door-to-door collection using the hand-held and PoS devices provided by BMC.
The self help group members will not only be responsible to collect current tax but also the arrears of the housing and other units.
They will also identify the defaulters and report the same to the civic body following which red notices and other cases certificates will be registered on their names, officials said.
Sources said the move came after the civic body showed a dismal performance in collection of holding tax from houses.
According to records, the civic body during 2018-19 fiscal targeted to collect at least Rs 60 crore towards holding tax but managed to collect only Rs 40 crore.
‘There are still many dwelling units which are not mapped properly for which the holding tax collection is going down.
We have now taken certain steps and served red notices and initiation of certificate cases.
We need to take more such steps to improve the tax collection,’ a senior civic body official said.