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Tax inspectors in South to get tablets

Tax inspectors in South to get tablets
In a bid to make property tax inspectors more efficient to collect taxes, the South Municipal Corporation of Delhi is set to provide ‘Aakash- 2’ tablets to the inspectors for on the spot property tax calculation. It will also help them to inform the status of property tax liabilities to the assesses. Besides this the civic body has also decided to purchase four mobile vans equipped with computers and all the necessary arrangements to survey the properties and on the spot settlement of property tax disputes.

‘The property tax is the main source of revenue of the municipal corporation. Our emphasis is to bring all the properties in the tax ambit and increase the revenue without any burden on regular tax payers. These equipments will help the inspectors to survey and upkeep of records of property tax of their areas,’ said Rajesh Gehlot, chairman of Standing Committee of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) during finalisation of the budget for 2013-14.

‘As most of the property tax owners in the area are equipped with computers, so mobile vans would be a great help for them,’ added Gehlot while presenting his seven-point formula before the municipal commissioner to increase the property tax without increasing the tax rate and bring all the 12 lakh properties under tax net.

Presently only 30 per cent of these properties are paying tax to SDMC. Rejecting the proposal of municipal commissioner, Gehlot also announced continuation of 20 per cent for women, senior citizens, physically- challenged, and retired army persons.  Gehlot also announced to establish a call centre at SDMC head office to answer the quaries of property owners.

The chairman also proposed a budget of Rs 50 crore for developed in the recently regularised unauthorised colonies. ‘We will pass the lay out plan for all the 312 recently regularised colonies and sanctioned money will be gradually released for them for development works,’ said Gehlot criticising Delhi government for not releasing money but just making announcements. He also criticised the opposition for not participating in the budget discussion and just making allegations through media and upheld the budget as ‘a budget of common people’.
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