The Mango roundabout where flex banners with names of tax defaulters will soon be displayed. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Try, try and try again to collect revenues or else, put defaulters to shame.
Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) in Jamshedpur will put up the names of all tax defaulters on roadside banners from October 3 in what is arguably the first-ever public penalty initiated by any civic body in Jharkhand.
The last date for over 50,000 households — not counting countless encroachers — in Mango to pay various taxes was September 30.
Officials are now in the last lap of compiling the list of those who have not paid up. Then, the names of defaulters will be put up not only at the MNAC office but also on large flex banners at high-visibility locations.
Notably, MNAC has repeatedly faced flak from East Singhbhum district administration for poor tax collection figures during meetings on revenue generation.
With around 10sqkm under its jurisdiction and catering to a populace of nearly 3 lakh, MNAC has the dubious record of failing to collect revenues from a whopping 75 per cent of households in densely-populated Mango.
The monthly collection of water tax in Mango is to the tune of Rs 1.20 lakh on an average while that of holding tax (property tax) is around Rs 6 lakh annually. Water tax per connection is Rs 200 a month while holding tax is Rs 20.
But the shortfall in revenue collection is around Rs 80 lakh, with dues pending from the start of the last fiscal (2011-12) to September 15.
The civic outfit has to collect outstanding dues for water tax in the region of Rs 30 lakh, whereas for holding tax, the figure is around Rs 50 lakh.
MNAC special officer Neeraj Srivastava said the decision to “shame” defaulters publicly was taken in consultation with all officials and with permission from the state urban development department.
“We have been asked by the urban development department as well as the district administration to perk up our revenues. We have tried all methods but failed. Even our efforts to disconnect water supply came a cropper, as residents still manage to pilfer water. We had no option but to resort to an innovative method to realise our dues,” said the MNAC special officer.
The list of defaulters will be printed on a flex banner and displayed at the Mango roundabout that is intersected by four major roads — Old Purulia Road, New Purulia Road, Dimna Road and the connecting road between Subernarekha bridge and Mango.
“We will begin with the Mango roundabout. The names of householders with outstanding dues in brackets will be displayed at the roundabout in the first week of October. Then, we plan to put similar banners near strategic locations and intersections at various localities such as Azadnagar, Jawaharnagar, Zakirnagar, Dimna Road and MGM area to embarrass householders and force them to clear their dues,” said Srivastava.
The banners will stay up till defaulters clear the dues.
“We will also be informing the respective police stations in Mango to ensure nobody is able to remove the banners at night,” added Srivastava.
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