GWMC: Collect outstanding taxes in 4 days
With just three days left for the current financial year to end, the GWMC and numerous gram panchayats in Warangal Urban district not yet reached their tax collections goal.
Warangal: With just three days left for the current financial year to end, the GWMC and numerous gram panchayats in Warangal Urban district not yet reached their tax collections goal.
Under Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC), Rs 7.5 crore property tax and Rs 11 crore water tax for the year 2017-18 due to be collected. Similarly, only 65 per cent of the total Rs 6.40 crore taxes collected in 104 gram panchayats (GPs) in the district.
In separate review meetings here on Tuesday, District Collector Amrapali Kata and GWMC Commissioner VP Gautham told the officials concerned to collect the entire outstanding taxes within the next four days. Both the officials appealed the public to clear their tax dues forthwith.
At a meeting with Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) and Extension Officers of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (EOPRDs) at the district collectorate, the Collector warned them that in case of failure to collect 100 per cent tax by the end of financial year, action would be taken against them.
Amrapali said out of 104 GPs, only 17 have recorded 100 per cent tax collection. A list of defaulters in 87 GPs has to be prepared and serious efforts should be made to collect the tax dues to reach the target.
Electricity and tap connections along with cable TV set-top boxes should be disconnected at the residences of tax defaulters and if required property should be seized. Details of tax collections and defaulters list should be informed to the district administration through WhatsApp, the Collector said.
At another meeting at GWMC headquarters, the Municipal Commissioner, Gautham, expressing serious anger at the pending taxes, has set a target of Rs 1 crore tax collections per day to record 100 per cent tax collection. He sought to know why the work that has to be done throughout the year was being done in March month. He directed the revenue officer to submit a list of total households and their tax details and to submit details of daily tax collections by 8 pm every day.
The Commissioner told the officials to seize the property of tax defaulters. Referring to a check bounce case related tax payment by Ramappa College, he directed the officials to book a criminal case against the college management.