Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Mnline link vital to obtain kinistry-approved funds speedily: aka kayor
Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil inaugurating the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) initiated online tax payment system yesterday said, through the use of technology, CMC would soon be able to claim the tax arrears of approximately Rs.1500 million due to them.
He also stressed the need to have an online link that could make it more convenient for the CMC to receive funds released by the Ministry.
Speaking on this occasion ICTA Re-engineering Government Programme Director Wasantha Deshapriya, pointed out the importance of the mind in brining about innovation to make people’s lives easy. Resonating Winston Churchill’s words,“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.,” he emphasised that the possibilities of innovation for greater convenience of the public were enormous.
CMC Commissioner Bhadrani Jayawardhane said that the mayor always encouraged innovative thinking. He would induce innovative thinking for better public service. One of his bouyant sayings in his bid to encourage new thinking was “Dream about it”. She said that good relationship helped success in public service. She commended the use the CMC Treasurer K. D. Chitrapala made of his good contacts from his Samurdhi days for the success of the CMC online tax payment system. CMC Treasurer K. D. Chitrapala thanked all who contributed to the success of the CMC online payment system.
Local Government and Provincial Council Ministry Secretary R. A. A.K. Ranawake and ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura also participated. ICTA e-Services, Re-engineering Government Programme Head Kanchana Thudugala, and e-Government Project Manager Chintake Ranasinghe who contributed much for the ICTA component of the CMC online tax payment system were also present.
The Colombo Municipal CMC (CMC) and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) had signed the relevant MoU on 5th December to enable Colombo City tax payers pay several categories CMC taxes online.
Accordingly CMC tax payments which do not require any supplementary documents / manual interventions could now (from Wednesday 8th, 2014) be made online.
For this the tax payers are required to provide the CMC account number and the relevant street name and assessment number. Among the tax categories for which this online payment could be made are the following:- (1) Rates payments, (2) Trade tax, (3) Tax on businesses, (4) Market rental, (5) House rental, (6) Shops and boutiques rental and (7) Hawkers’ rental. The modus operandi is simple and includes logging in and entering the payment type. www.cmc.lk