With 12 days to go before the financial year ends, municipal corporation authorities are keeping watch on officials of house tax department, a majority of whom have not shown desired results as far as meeting targets is concerned.
The authorities have directed the department officials to focus on liquor vends, more than 100 of which owe MC huge dues.
Sources said there were around 10 officials in the department who were likely to face either legal action or may be reshuffled on account of non-performance. Last year too, the MC authorities had proposed strict action against eight non-performing officials. Nevertheless, they were rewarded with bigger areas.
Sources said a reshuffle was likely as the government has appointed 26 new inspectors.
The department, which has been given the annual target of Rs 17.5 crore, is still facing shortfall. Though there was need to collect around Rs 35 lakh every day, the house tax officials could collect only Rs 6.5 lakh on Monday. The raiding house tax department teams led by department superintendent Sushant Bhatia sealed around 17 shops, including two liquor shops, on Majitha Road.
Raids were conducted at Majitha Road, Tandon Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Kesri Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia and Chobhal Road.
The house tax officials faced resistance from around 150 shopkeepers in Tandon Nagar while they were sealing three defaulters' shops in the area. The matter was settled after the defaulters promised to clear their dues soon, said the officials.