GVMC way behind the target

Linking Aadhaar with property tax assessment is a State-wide programme , say sources. Prior to the drive, at tax collection centres, payees were asked to give their Aadhaar number and phone number at the time of remitting the tax.

December 17, 2014 10:17 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 01:34 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

With only three days to go for linking Aadhaar with property tax assessments, the GVMC is way behind meeting the target.

The State government has set December 18 as deadline for completion of the task.

However, out of 4.25 lakh property assessments, only 70,000 to 80,000 have been linked so far.

The GVMC had made an appeal to the citizens on December 14 to link their Aadhaar and property assessments along with their cellphone number as part of the State-wide drive.

People may give details to the municipal staff visiting their house or submit them at the respective ward or zone offices.

It’s a State-wide programme and, perhaps, small municipalities may meet the target, say sources on the progress of linking, which is not anywhere near the total number of assessments in the city.

Officials say it will be good for tax-payers too to take up mutation later or to avoid legal complications.

However, the government has exempted assessments where the ownership changed but mutation has not taken place. Separate guidelines will be issued for it later. Officials estimate that their number could be between 10 and 20 per cent.

More teams have been deployed from Tuesday to speed up the linking process.

On Wednesday, nearly 600 workers of the GVMC were at work.

“Some of the employees with android devices that are equipped with an app have been deployed so as to directly upload the details from the residents’ places,” an official said.

Prior to the drive, at tax collection centres, payees were asked to give their Aadhaar number and phone number at the time of remitting the tax.

However, officials admit that it’s difficult to meet the Thursday target first set by the State government.

The government on Wednesday extended the time for completion of the process up to Saturday, it was learnt.

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