The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike [BBMP] has formed a vigilance cell named kandaya jagruta dala to generate estimated revenue of Rs. 3,500 crore via property tax collection in the financial year 2019-20.
M Lokesh, BBMP special commissioner will be heading this cell and will have a supporting team of deputy commissioner [revenue], zonal joint commissioners, revenue officers, assistant revenue officers and more.
The cell is formed with the aim to track fraudulent accounts apart from keeping a track of false declaration that are made while making the payment of property tax.
The Special commissioner also said that the residents can directly lodge a complaint to this cell and proper actions will be taken on these complaints. Apart from this, the newly formed vigilance cell will also carry out surprise visits for checking and verification of properties in a detailed manner.
One of the officials said that the educational establishments are exempted from paying property tax and we have already forwarded a proposal to the State Government to bring all unaided establishments under tax.
The BBMP chairperson also said that a proposal is sent to the State Government to amend a Section 110 of Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976. This amendment is asked to be made for implying property tax on all educational establishments apart from the Government-owned ones.
He further said that we have proposed to conduct an audit of khata registers and files too.
The Chairperson also said that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike did not receive surcharge on stamp duty since 2007-08. He said that the arrears are estimated to be of nearly Rs. 500 crore. He also informed that the State Government is made aware of the same and we are hoping to generate Rs. 100 crore.