Tax on rain-fed agriculture lands has been reduced: Collector
KRISHNAGIRI: Hundreds thronged the venue of Jamabandhi at all the five taluk offices in Krishnagiri district, which began on Wednesday and will last till May 25.
Collector and Jamabandhi Officer at Krishnagiri Taluk Office V.K. Shanmugam received petitions from the villagers. Petitions received at the Jamabandhi related to old-age pension, sub-division of patta, patta transfer and legal heir certificate.
Nearly one-third of the people who assembled at the taluk office were senior citizens either deserted by their children or poor people seeking pension.
Receiving the petitions from the villagers, Mr. Shanmugam said there was no need to paste ‘court fee' stamps on the petitions submitted by the people during Jamabandhi and the weekly grievances meeting at the Collectorate.
About 15 petition writers who were sitting outside the office sold stamps above the actual rate.
The Collector, who came to know about it, told the staff to warn them against exploiting the illiterate people who came from Penneswaram, Thaly Alli, Mottur, Marichetti Alli and Baleguli villages.
As many as 243 petitions were received from the public. He instructed the officials to issue pension on Wednesday itself and patta transfer certificates before May 11.
He checked the revenue records pertaining to last year and verified whether the officials collected the reduced rate of land tax for rainfed and irrigated lands in the taluk.
Mr. Shanmugam said the tax on rain-fed agriculture lands had been reduced to Rs. 2 per acre from Rs. 14 and for irrigated lands the tax had been reduced to Rs. 5 per acre from Rs. 60. Water tax for the water released from the water bodies had been completely waived by the government.
During the Jamabandhi, the Collector gave away free house patta to five persons costing Rs. 45,000 and old-age Pension to five senior citizens.