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MCD to reorganise depts

Basking in the glory of recovering record property tax this year, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is now focusing on increasing revenue from other departments' advertisement such as remunerative project cell (RP Cell), toll tax, factory licensing and licensing trade.

delhi Updated: May 24, 2011 00:19 IST
HT Correspondent

Basking in the glory of recovering record property tax this year, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is now focusing on increasing revenue from other departments' advertisement such as remunerative project cell (RP Cell), toll tax, factory licensing and licensing trade.

At present, all these departments are not headed by independent officials and are being looked after as additional charge by heads of other departments. Owing to this the full potential of these departments is not being unlocked.

To manage the departments better and considering the huge workload, MCD commissioner KS Mehra has proposed to sanction deputy commissioner level officers to head them.

Under the proposal, trade license, factory license and toll tax will be headed by one deputy commissioner (licensing), while advertisement and RP cell will be headed by deputy commissioner (advertisement and RP cell).

"Considering the quantum of workload, these departments can be reorganised," states the proposal that will be placed before MCD's Standing Committee on Wednesday. According to the proposal, the move will improve efficiency and generate more income.

Both commissioners will have other supervisory level officers in the form of two administrative officers and one accountant. The financial implications for upgrading the posts would be around Rs 66,500 per month which according to the commissioner is negligible considering the benefits arising out of such re-organisation/ strengthening. At present all the departments have been allotted to one additional deputy commissioner/ deputy commissioner as additional charged.

MCD this year has generated about Rs 1,500 crore as property tax and transfer duty. As compared to this, the gross collection during the financial year 2009-10 was Rs 1,158 crore. Despite not being headed by a designated official, the advertising department also increased its revenue from Rs 42.77 crore during 2009-10, to Rs 70.55 crore in 2010-11. The increase in revenue is Rs 27.78 crore in absolute term which is 65%, on year-on-year basis.