Despite the officials repeatedly giving statements on major steps being taken to raise the income of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD), the civic body has no proper record of the total number of the taxpayers based in the city.
It is learnt that MCD in the past had appointed two private companies to count a total number of the houses from where tax comes under 60 wards. However both the companies had failed to complete the task. MCD, on the other hand, reeling under staff crunch, they cannot themselves undertake the work. Currently, MCD just sends reminders to the taxpayers who have been submitting it for some years. This means that the new houses or those which remained out of the records of the civic body for some reasons pay no tax to the civic body.
Quizzed over the matter, the mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ admitted that MCD does not have the record of the houses located in 60 wards from where the tax comes. “We are planning to engage people to do the count and also collect taxes through outsourcing. This would help us keep a proper record of things and at the same time, the tax collection process would be smoother,” he said.
Speaking of the matter, the municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “This is true that we do not have a proper record of the houses of the tax payers. However, steps are being taken regarding this.”
Taxpayers can avail 20 per cent off tax till March 15
The tax collection camps being organised by the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) would continue till 15 March in various parts of the city. Besides, the taxpayers can also avail 20 per cent off in the tax payment till March 15. It is pertinent to mention here that the tax department has collected tax worth nearly Rs 19 crore, though the target is Rs 25 crore.
The tax camps will be organised at Brahamadvala and Dalanwala (ward number – 46, 29) on March 7. On March 8, such camps will be organised at Indirapuram and Kashmiri colony (Ward number – 45, 46, and 48). On March 11, tax camps will be organised at Seemadwar and Neshvilla Road (Ward number- 51, 6). On March 12, the same will be organised at Kaulagarh Road and Karanpur (Ward- 11, 59). On March 13, the camps will be organised at Rajiv Nagar and Racecourse (Ward number- 2,16), On March 14, the camps will be organised at Kargi chowk and Nehru Colony (Ward number- 42,33). On March 15, the camps will be organised at Panditwari and Racecourse area (Ward number 52, 38).
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