City Beat: 6,019 Gram Panchayats In Karnataka To Get Property Services Online [Video]
Mahatma Gandhi had once said that India lives in its villages, so an all-round development of the nation is not possible without empowering the villages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Digital India campaign, among other programmes, seems to be working in that direction. Now, taking a step further, the Karnataka government has decided to empower its villagers by bringing online all land-related services in all its villages.
Under the plan, as many as 6,019 gram panchayats across Karnataka will make available as many as 40 property and related services online. It will be for the first time in India that every village in a state will have access to property-related documents over the internet. Apart from property documents and income and tax certificates, villagers will also be able to get the printouts of their caste certificates using online services.
The project, launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Haveri district last week, is estimated to serve over 40 million people. The state will make a representation before the Centre for this project and, if it gets an approval, it could be applied to other parts of the country as well.
In another development, the civic authority in Bengaluru has decided to appoint an agency to audit its property tax collection books. The auditor will ensure that there are no loopholes in the property tax collection process. Earlier this month, it was reported that some of the big companies were among those in tax defaulters' list in India's information technology capital. It should be noted that property tax is a major source of revenue for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. The city has an online property tax collection system in place and that makes it essential to have an auditor to ensure tax collections are reaching the civic authority's accounts.