Loophole in property tax software yet to be plugged

April 23, 2016 08:20 am | Updated 08:21 am IST - Bengaluru:

The loophole in the new software to pay property tax, which has not included the 50 per cent rebate for serving and former servicemen, is yet to be plugged. Ex-servicemen continue to be denied the rebate online.

Wg. Cdr. G.B. Athri (retd.), who tried to pay the property tax online on Friday, said that the loophole amounted to BBMP denying rightful benefits granted by the government.

What has angered former servicemen is that the option was not included despite repeated requests to the BBMP even before work on the new software began.

Mr. Athri had written to the then BBMP administrator T.M. Vijay Bhaskar in May 2015 and later on February 1, 2016 to Mayor B.N. Manjunath Reddy. Moreover, when the issue was again flagged in the first week of April, BBMP had promised to plug the loophole by April 10.

“This only shows the antipathy of the bureaucracy towards ex-servicemen,” Mr. Athri said.

Senior BBMP officials said that they had informed the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the problem would be resolved soon.

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