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Property tax: Mangalore City Corpn implements self-assessment scheme project

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Source : The Business Line Date 28.01.2009

Property tax: Mangalore City Corpn implements self-assessment scheme

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Mangalore, Jan. 27

Payment of property tax through Self Assessment Scheme (SAS) is in force in Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) limits, according to Mr Sameer Shukla, Commissioner of MCC.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, he said SAS of property tax was implemented in MCC limits on April 1, 2008, replacing the earlier ARV (annual ratable value) method of collection of property tax.

Under the old system, it was possible to pay property tax in half-yearly instalments. But under the new scheme, the entire tax for the year has to be paid in lump-sum.

Though SAS of property tax came into force in all other municipal corporations of the State, it could not be brought into force till March 31, 2008, as the council of MCC did not give its consent to SAS of property tax.

However, the Administrator of MCC, who was convinced of the need to bring into force the new taxation scheme, enforced SAS within the MCC limits from April 1, 2008. Property tax was last revised in MCC limits in 1995-96.

Mr Shukla said MCC depends basically on the property tax collection to provide different types of service and amenities to its citizens.

To help the tax payers, the MCC has made arrangements at the nearest ward offices, and at sub-offices of MCC at Surathkal and Bikarnakatte, and at the main office of the corporation in the city.

In those areas, the tax payers can obtain property tax details, fill them up, pay the tax directly to the bank and obtain receipt and submit it to the Corporation office against acknowledgements.

He called upon the property owners to pay their property taxes for 2008-09 by March 31. In case of default, steps will be taken by the Corporation to collect the taxes with penal interest from the defaulting property owners.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 05:00

President hopes NIRD will help build support in rural development

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Source : The Business Line Date : 01.01.2009

President hopes NIRD will help build support in rural development

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Hyderabad, Dec. 31 The President, Ms Pratibha Devisingh Patil, expressed hope that the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) will augment its training infrastructure for extending capacity building support in various aspects of integrated rural development.

Delivering the Golden Jubilee Lecture at the Institute here on Tuesday, she said models for sustainable growth could be developed and shared with the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, especially women.

“All help should be given to the Self Help Groups in the country and NIRD could assist them in channelising their efforts in the direction of productive enterprises and support them in capacity building,” she said.

The President also hoped that the one-year Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development Management will create a large pool of programme delivery managers whose induction is vital to the success of rural development.

The programme, started by the institute from this year, aims to develop committed and competent cadre of rural development management professionals in the country.

She said there should be optimum utilisation of land and efforts must be made to improve its quality and restore soil health.

“Farmers can be made aware and encouraged to adopt improved agricultural practices to enhance productivity. Implements and methodologies should be such so as to reduce the drudgery and hard labour of farming operations so that we can achieve agricultural growth,” Ms Patil said.

Ms Patil urged various institutions to provide creative answers to the challenges faced by rural communities and convert them into opportunities for the development of rural India.

“An important assignment will be to make technologies available for developing rural communities. Knowledge kiosks should be set up at the panchayat level for wider dissemination of information about useful technologies.

Benefits of information communication technology must reach the villages, including remote and far-flung areas and be available to the rural population,” the President said.

She added that technological interventions that are gender sensitive and link the weaker sections of society to the national mainstream are the need of the hour.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 11:11

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