BMC plans to make people go online, pay dues digitally for better transparency

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Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is promoting digital payment for better transparency and convinience and discouraging cash payment also. While the Trade Licence payment has gone into 100 percent digital, the civic body wants owners of holdings to go digital payment of their holding and all other taxes, fees through online.
BMC is also planning to publish an advertisement to make people aware on the use of www.odishaonline.gov.in so that it would be more convenient to people, will involve no cash, no need to go to tax collectors hence forward.
Currently under the e-Municipality platform services like holding tax, trade licence, birth and death certificates, collection of water cess and urban transport in city buses are coming under the digital services. However, except the trade licence others are getting less aquitance on the digital front.
DC Revenue Srimanta Mishra said “currently the city has 1,02,502 holdings or houses, but currently a very low percentage of holding tax payers are paying their holding taxes through online. Once more people come into the digital fold, the collection would be monitored easily and efficiently with better transparency by way of cashless transactions.’’
The city, with many payment options like social security projects covering Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, Persons With Disability, Harishchandra Sahayata, National Family Benefit Scheme, Chief Minister’s Relief Fund through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) including payment to vendors, contractors and others have made them operate under the digital mode.
BMC is now planning to go for the Common Payment Card System (CPCS) with which several city-level services would be digitally linked for payment with a single card. Under the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, the SPV for Smart City work, the CPC would be launched shortly with ICICI Bank, which would be a milestone for entering in an era of present world with a manifold and magnificent effect.

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