We have always heard from the city corporation Belagavi that there is a dearth of funds and many a times even the salary and pension are not disbursed on time. But in April many of those prompt tax paying citizens queue up to pay their property tax as they get 5% discount on the tax.
On the 2nd April many went to collect the challan and like every time the citizens carried the last years paid challan on which the new challan used to be prepared. But this time things have changed and been made digital (really!), the clerk asks for the Self assessment form filled some years ago from which he takes out a huge book and writes something on a paper and then asks you to queue on a SINGLE window where if you are lucky you can see one operator and about 50+ people falling on him to get the challan made.
The online funda is only that the challan is prepared online and for 25 wards there is only one operator at the Govaves complex office. At the Konwal Galli office they said come later and citizens said they were waiting since 8 am. Luckily once you get the challan then you go to Belagavi one centres only (No banks) and pay the same. So where is the Digital Funda here.
A friend who was to pay his tax said to stand in this queue and spend hours to get discount of Rs.100-200 is of no use. Lets pay the tax later.
People will pay up if you make it easy for them, most of the people defy from paying taxes as it involves spending a lot of time and labour.
Many said we would pay it right away, but the officials say get this, get that then come tomorrow we are busy with elections are no excuses the citizens want to hear. There are people who have queued up to pay the taxes they should be encouraged but here even the ones who are coming are been discouraged.
We can only say may good sense prevail with the Corporation and if they really want to collect the tax they have to be proactive and be citizen friendly so that more and more citizens come up and pay up their taxes.