Commissioner, Municipal Administration, M.S. Ravishankar has said that the Government will allocate funds to local bodies based on their performance in tax collection.
Reviewing a divisional-level meeting of officials of local bodies and directors of Urban Development and Planning here on Friday, he said the Government had directed local bodies to improve tax collection as per the revised rates by fixing meters to tap connections in their respective limits. But none of the city and town municipal councils in Gulbarga division had taken steps to implement the order yet.
Directing officials to take action in this direction, he said all the city and town municipal councils should complete preparations before December for fixing meters to tap connections. This would not only improve the revenue collection but also reduce waste of water.
They should make arrangements to create awareness among the public in this regard, and recover water tax on a monthly basis. Connections of defaulters should be cut.
He said on verification of records, none of the city and town municipal councils in the division had achieved cent per cent tax collection. Officials should implement strict measures to recover water tax dues from all major water-users, including hotels, industries and other private establishments. Action would be initiated against officials if they fail to recover the dues.
He said that many local bodies in the division had failed to utilise funds properly. Officials should make use of funds to achieve the projected progress in development works. There should be no irregularities in implementing the works. Officials would face stringent action if they failed to maintain the quality of works, he added.
He expressed displeasure over the failure of the officials in utilising funds released under the Chief Minister's Small and Medium Towns Development Programme. The Government had released Rs. 54 crore to Raichur city and town municipal councils during 2011-12 for improving infrastructure. But so far, they had utilised only Rs. 22 crore. Such funds would be withdrawn and utilised for development of other towns and cities, he said.