Residents of Bhubaneswar can now pay their holding tax online as the BMC has introduced an online payment mode as a part of the e-municipality scheme.
With the online payment mode, now residents can pay holding tax through one of these three modes below.
Online: By visiting odishaonline.gov.in and creating an account.
Jan Seva Kendras: By visiting the Jan Seva Kendras and paying manually at the counters.
Tax Collectors: Paying annual dues to one of BMC’s 72 designated tax collectors.
To make the system more efficient, the corporation will provide the tax collectors with hand-held devices which are equipped with the geo-positioning system (GPS), so that it can link the daily collection to the central server.
The move aims to minimize corruption and increase the system’s efficiency. The machine will generate bills after the transaction process is over.
- Visit odishaonline.gov.in
- Click on Holding Tax button
- Register yourself to get a user ID and password
- Login and go to Home Page
- Make payments and track past transactions
According to a BMC official, the latest systems aims to bring in a transparent tax collection process and trace the defaulters with ease. The online process of holding tax collection is part of the state government’s e-municipality initiative. Once successfully executed in the city, the project is likely to be replicated in other civic bodies across Odisha.
Tax Defaulters in Bhubaneswar
The corporation has so far listed around 88,000 defaulter houses in the city. The Odisha Space Application Center has been given a project to prepare a remote-sensing and geographic information system to detect more defaulters in the future.
Failed to put up property tax in place, the civic body had in 2014-15 collected Rs 23.6 crore towards holding tax whereas the amount during the 2015-16 fiscal touched around Rs 40 crore.
In the 2016-17 financial year, the officials have targeted to collect over Rs 50 crore towards holding tax. Had there been proper implementation of the online and manual system, the corporation would have been collected nearly Rs 100 crore holding tax every year.
Besides, carrying on with its earlier practice, the corporation will put up names of the prominent defaulters on the flex boards at as many as 10 major locations to draw the defaulters’ attention.
Sources in the civic body said that more than 190 names were there in the defaulters’ list, in which people have defaulted Rs 10,000 or above. An official said the defaulting amount by the private buildings would be touching above Rs 8 crore.
Courtesy: The Telegraph