People can soon pay their property tax at banks and avoid going to BBMP help centres to pay the taxes.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said the civic body planning tie-ups with banks.
“We have already tied up with a few banks and talks are going on with other banks. Tax can also be paid online,” he said.
He also said that every year, people are made to fill Self Assessment Scheme (SAS) forms at ward offices before paying their tax.
“From now on, we are planning to consider prevent filling SAS forms until there is any change in their buildings or BBMP revises tax. Thus, they need not have to come to ward offices,” he said. The public can also pay through DD or pay order. “Paying tax through cheques will be discontinued. There are around 170 BBMP help centres across Bangalore. “When everything can be managed online, including getting receipt, there is no need for such centres. We will merge the staff working in these centres at the ward offices. Thus, the ward offices will get additional staff who can be deputed to revenue offices,” he said.
Earlier, ruling party leader Nagaraju suggested that no official should be allowed to work at the same place for more than three years.
He was referring to the recent incident in which tax collectors at Herohalli sub-division at Rajarajeshwari Nagar zone were involved in alleged irregularities.
The Commissioner said, “I will get the list of those people and transfer the staff who are working in the same ward office for more than three years,” he said.