Jasbir Singh, additional commissioner, Amritsar municipal corporation (MC), on Wednesday said he intended to work out a strategy for proper collection of house and property taxes.
Singh, who had been handed over the responsibility of house/property taxescollection on Friday, held a meeting with the officials concerned on Wednesday to review the situation and chalk out a strategy in this regard.
“While there will be no financial penalty, lax officials will definitely be punished and efficient ones will be rewarded,” he said, adding the MC would go strict on defaulters of both house and property taxes.
The MC’s decision to handover the charge to Jasbir Singh came in the wake of the house/property tax department officials’ inability to meet the fiscal target time and again. The dismal scenario has been prevailing for the past few years and has had a drastic impact on the MC’s financial condition.
Against the target of Rs 22 crore for 2014-15, the MC could barely collect half of it. However, the property tax target was even higher — Rs 50 crore, while the MC managed to collect Rs 12 crore despite “overwhelming response” by residents.
Besides, the MC is yet to settle more than 1,600 cases of house tax, which are waiting for the approval of Assessment Sub Committee (ASC) of the MC. These if cleared, could put more than Rs 30 crore in the coffers of the
cash-strapped civic body.
Stating that the MC authorities are serious about revenue collection and that is why they have entrusted the task to him, Jasbir Singh said: “Meetings with the ASC members to settle the pending house tax cases will be held at the earliest so that dues could be collected.”