VELLORE: The Assistant Directorate of Town Panchayat is introducing a GPS-enabled billing system by which a handheld machine will generate receipt for tax collection while updating the tax account at the office.
Officials at the town panchayats of Thakkolam, Udayendram, Vilapakkam and Panapakkam are piloting this system and soon it would be introduced in all the 16 town panchayats, said assistant director (AD) of town panchayat Malaiyaman Thirumudikari.
He said, a fully-computerised tax collection facility has been introduced in two town panchayats, the recent one being at Alangayam town panchayat, which was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Chairperson of Alangayam town panchayat Manjula Kandan inaugurated the facility through which the residents could pay their property, water, professional taxes and rent for the panchayat buildings. This is the second facility that has been successfully implemented in the district, the first one being in Udayendram town panchayat, implemented nearly six months back. Thirumudikari said that the town panchayat officials were issuing paper receipt for the tax received and the new computerised system prevented any kind of malpractices while issuing the receipt instantly.
The accounts and day book of the town panchayat would also be monitored on a day-to-day basis to plan developmental activities. Incidentally, out of the 16 town panchayats in the district, 12 have achieved 100 per cent tax collection this year. In the next six months, all the remaining town panchyats would join the online system, he added.
In the third phase, the tax collection system would be enhanced to a web-based tax collection system in which the tax payer could pay through online, from any location.The computerisation work at Thakkolam and Ammoor has almost been completed and would be soon dedicated for public use, Thirumudikari added.