Pune: The State government has issued directives to make a note in local self-bodies employees’ Confidential Report (CR) regarding their tax recovery. The government has instructed that if an employee fails to achieve the recovery target by collecting tax money from those who defaulted on the tax amount, it will be reflected in their CR for evaluation of their work. The State government’s Urban Development Department issued the order on Tuesday.
“Public Accounts Committee has proposed to mention recovery of different taxes such as property tax, water tax and other taxes in municipal corporation, council and gram panchayat employees’ CR. According to that, the State has taken the decision to make a note in CR of employees. If an employee recovers taxes more than 90 per cent, this should be considered an extraordinary work. If employee recovers taxes below 70 per cent, he or she should be considered as an under achiever. Both remarks will be considered while evaluating employees’ performance,” the government order said.
According to the statistics available with Property Tax Department, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has recovered Rs 575 crore till date. The corporation has to recover Rs 1,862 crore to meet its target mentioned in 2018-19. Last year, the corporation had collected Rs 1,200 crore from property tax.
Property tax officials said that in three months, they have collected Rs 575 crore and that there is enough time to recover the tax. March 31, 2018, was the last date to get discount on prompt payment of tax.
Another official said, “It is not clearly mentioned that the recovery will be done for property tax or for the pending tax amount. If it is regarding recovery of current property tax, we always achieve the target of collecting more than 90 per cent. However, there is Rs 2,500 crore pending tax which includes recovery from mobile towers, double taxation on the same property and interest on all these outstanding property tax amounts. How can one evaluate recovery work of an official for tax department?”