Not paid tax? Face the TMC mu­sic

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­

Fed up of re­mind­ing de­fault­ers to pay tax and still not get­ting the rev­enue, the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has hit upon a so­lu­tion.

It will now send band mu­si­cians in a pro­ces­sion to the de­faulter’s house in the hope of sham­ing him in pub­lic. This might put more pres­sure on the de­faulter and force him to pay.

This is the first time the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion is tak­ing such a step. Right now, the TMC pub­lishes high pro­file names in the lo­cal news­pa­pers.

In­ten­si­fy­ing the move, it will now put up the de­fault­ers’ names in pub­lic hoard­ings.

The de­ci­sion was taken in a re­cent meet­ing called by the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner over poor col­lec­tion of taxes.

“Com­mis­sioner has also sug­gested play­ing a band in front of the house or of­fice of big de­fault­ers. This might shame them and force them to pay the dues. The sys­tem will be im­ple­mented by the TMC for the first time,” said a TMC of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The TMC cof­fers have dried up af­ter the abo­li­tion of oc­troi and lo­cal body tax.

“The TMC com­mis­sioner has or­dered to take ac­tion against de­fault­ers. Those who have not paid prop­erty and wa­ter taxes, too, will face ac­tion. The TMC will ask MSEDCL to cut elec­tric­ity sup­ply of prop­erty tax de­fault­ers. The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner also di­rected us to pub­lish the list of de­fault­ers’ names on hoard­ings,” said the of­fi­cial.

In a bid to meet its tar­get, the TMC has taken a leaf out of Bhi­wandi- Nizam­pur City Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, which had in­tro­duced the sys­tem in 2002 to shame the de­fault­ers.

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