By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Instead of increasing taxes BBMP can utilize state and central schemes and utilize thousands of crores rupees .BBMP commissioner fails to approve "Swachhta Udyami” Yojana which will bring1000 crore Under "Swachhta Udyami Yojana”. .This proposed project is about Massive cumulative investment of about 1000 crore for Toilet Infrastructure as at 2500 locations throughout Bangalore "Public Toilet Complex (Ground plus one floor) ” are planned as per Central Government "Swachhta Udyami Yojana” as around 2500 to 5000 SC ST pourakarmikas each one of them will take Rs 40 Lakhs loan NSKFDC New Delhi in collaboration with BBMP Poura Karmikara makkala kshemabhivruddhiSangaha” and Bangalore Mahanagar Palike S C Workers co-op society Ltd and other Poura Karmikara organizations .This project has been approved by Udyg Mitra of Karnataka government . The Karnataka Government and industries department which gives thousands of acres to industries without tenders then why tenders to give 10x40 feet land on lease of 30 years to "Swachhta Udyami” who cumulatively bring in an investment of 1000 cr. Government is requested to provide 10x40 feet land on 30 year lease at 2500 location to each "Swachhta Udyami” for "Free to use Public Toilets” project at 2500 locations (50% woman only toilets) in Bangaluru Urban District by 2500 "Swachhta Udyami”.
Corruption is deeply rooted in the BBMP at every level and at every step. Right from garbage collection to issuing building licences, trade licences, and birth and death certificates, corruption reigns supreme. The only language the BBMP understands is 'money'. The solution to The cash-strapped BBMP is not in increasing the axes alone .There is huge need of reducing huge corruption prevailing in BBMP .Reportedly and allegedly in BBMP tax and corruption both are gone up. Get ready to pay more property tax from April 12016 . The BBMP council is reportedly decided to hike property tax for residential properties by 20% and by 25% for non-residential properties. As per the revised tariff, owners of individual houses in BBMP's zone A will have to pay Rs 3 per sqft, while those in B, C, D, E and F will have to pay Rs 2.40, Rs 2.15, Rs 3.80, Rs 1.50 and Rs 1.20 per sqft respectively. "Most properties fall in A, B and C zones, which are in the heart of the city and are more developed than E and F zones that are the newly added villa" a BBMP official reportedly said.However, Bengalureans could end up paying much more as the government is likely to hike guidance value from April 1. Property tax is calculated based on the guidance value. BBMP last revised property taxes in 2008 based on 2007 guidance value rates. But the guidance value has been revised thrice since then.Meanwhile, owners of non-residential properties will have to pay 25% more across all zones. It means malls, educational institutions, hospitals, industries, offices and markets among others in A zone will have to shell out Rs 25 per sqft, while those in B,C,D,E and F zones will have to pay Rs 17.5, Rs 12.5, Rs 10, Rs 7.5 and Rs 3.8 per sqft respectively. The cash-strapped BBMP is expected to mop up an additional income of at least Rs 600 crore annually with the revised hike. According to an earlier proposal, a property in zone would have been categorised along side one in A or B zone and pay 150% more taxes than it does now. With Saturday's decision, the burden on B to F zones will be less (each lower zone will pay taxes as per its immediate higher zone). On October 18, BBMP proposed a 20% hike in unit area value (UAV) which is an index to calculate property tax for residential properties and 25% for non-residential ones. But it classified the areas based on proximity to centre of the citycentral business districts into six zones -A to F. This was based on the recent hike in guidance values.This would have increased the property tax to 150% in a few upscale areas like Koramangala and Hebbal. According to the final implemented rule, citizens in B, C, D, E and F zones now will pay the property tax as per A, B, C, D and E zones. This means that the person paying Rs 1,000 as property tax in F zone will now pay 20% more and the zonal differential amount based on the guidance value of the area at present. Last year, BBMP mopped up about Rs 2,000 crore in property taxes.
Reported Corruption in Roads: The tender process appears to be a means for corrupt officials and politicians to make money off contractors, who pay kick backs to land contracts to lay roads.Only half the money sanctioned is actually spent on the project, say sources. The vicious circle continues.This system of do ing shoddy work so that repairs can be taken up frequently runs through all types of projects that BBMP takes up, say sourc es. Even large infrastructure projects such as construction of grade separators, flyovers, footpaths and medians are caught in this tangle. The corruption in road tenders is not unknown: In 2013, the Comptroller Auditor General pointed out irregularities to the tune of Rs579 crore in road projects worth Rs 707 crore by BBMP between 2005 and 2012.
Corruption in Garbage: Even garbage generated seems to be considered ill-gotten wealth by some officials. A Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) 2013 report pointed irregularities in Rs. 630.28 crore of payments to garbage contractors. It is not that someone has been holding a gun to the BBMP's head to make it spend. It has been a wastrel of an institution - squandering precious public money and not being held accountable either. The corporation has been time and again been pulled up the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG). Only last year, the CAG report on urban local bodies in Karnataka found gross irregularities in the BBMP's solid waste managementprogrammes.The CAG found "fictitious payments on transfer of municipal solid waste (MSW),” discrepancies in award of work of transporting waste, improper transportation of MSW, "unfruitful expenditure” on a garbage segregation unit, diversion of funds to certain firms for creating infrastructure to process waste. These scams form only a part of the corruption that seems to have seeped deep into the civic body. The website, ipaidabribe.com - where users can complain of officials who demanded a bribe - notes more than 650 complaints pertain to the BBMP alone. Complaints range from paying bribes for B-khata to trade licences to even photocopies of tax collection receipts.As for garbage collection, the Palike admits that there is a huge political lobby behind allocation of contracts. Because of the involvement of higher-ups, it says it often fails to prevent false-billing. Sadly, it doesn't even possess records on the amount of garbage collected and fails to discipline the process of garbage collection.According to a BBMP official, garbage contractors have made crores of rupees after taking up BBMP contracts. "I have seen them coming in bicycles to BBMP office seeking contract for garbage collection, now they have huge money. How did they become so rich in just a few years' time? Simple, there is huge corruption in garbage collection and transportation. Not all the garbage collected reaches the designated place," he said.Contracts for solid waste management expired in March 2010, but they renewed them for a few more years and that would be in force till fresh tenders are called.Reportedly at present, there are about 3,400 permanent pourakarmikas and about 6,000 contract labourers. While the state government had given the go-ahead for the appointment of 4,000 more, it is alleged that the corporators were avoiding the implementation of the proposal. "Corporators make lakhs of rupees through the contractors who hire the labourers for garbage collection and sweeping the streets. If BBMP recruits permanent pourakarmikas, the corporators fear they will lose that income," a BBMP source said. Recruitment of pourakarmikas would consume some time.
Corruption in Tax Collection: Corruption is deep-rooted and spread across the BBMP. Can anyone imagine that corruption prevails even when it comes to property tax collection from citizens? Money is taken to reduce the quantum of tax and to give false declarations on property. It is time the citizens woke up and started questioning the corporators who rule us for five years.The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is in the news again for misappropriation of public funds. Three of its tax inspectors, from Herohalli subdivision in Rajarajeshwarinagar zone, allegedly siphoned off some Rs. 16 lakh paid by property owners towards their tax liability. R. Subramanyam, president of the BBMP Officers and Employees' Association, told reporters here Monday though the jurisdictional Assistant Revenue Officer, Shivaiah, and first division clerk Shiva Kumar submitted a report on the alleged embezzlement to the zonal Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) on March 26, 2013, nothing has been done about it. "The report had indicted Santhosh Kumar, Karthik and L. Janardhan, all tax inspectors. Though prima facie it is evident that the three had indulged in fraudulent practices, no action has been taken against them.”
How they did it :He said the report had stated that the three tax inspectors had used the same demand draft/ cheque number against multiple properties, issued bogus handwritten receipts and computer-generated receipts without the demand draft/ cheque number. They had also reportedly contacted property owners whose cheques had bounced and persuaded them to pay in cash. However, they failed to deposit the money in BBMP's accounts. Demanding that the trio be suspended and criminal cases registered against them, he claimed that the two officials who unearthed the scam were being threatened by "persons close to the [accused].” He also alleged that the three had sought the help of Muniratna Naidu, the Rajarajeshwarinagar MLA, to get the two whistleblowers transferred out of the Herohalli subdivision.
So-called help centres :Mr. Subramanyam said that such a scam was not peculiar to this subdivision. There are hundreds of BBMP help centres across the eight zones in the city. "These were initially set up to assist the citizens by solving problems locally. However, over the years, they solely function as tax collection centres. As there is no proper monitoring system in place, these help centres must be closed.” Another reason could be the discontinuation of the Demand-Collection-Balance system that was in place before the self-assessment scheme of property tax collection was introduced. "Earlier, there was a record of the tax collected, balance to be collected and the demand notices to be generated to be issued to defaulters. This has been discontinued now.” The association has been trying to bring this issue to the notice of BBMP CommissionerBBMP commissioner fails to approve "Swachhta Udyami” Yojana . Plans to bring Cumulative investment of about 1000 crore Under "Swachhta Udyami Yojana”: The Karnataka Government and industries department which gives thousands of acres toindustries without tenders then why tenders to give 10x40 feet land on lease of 30 years to "Swachhta Udyami” who cumulatively bring in an investment of 1000 cr. Government is requested to provide 10x40 feet land on 30 year lease at 2500 location to each "Swachhta Udyami” for "Free to use Public Toilets” project at 2500 locations (50% woman only toilets) in Bangaluru Urban District by 2500 "Swachhta Udyami”. Cumulative investment of about 1000 crore Under "Swachhta Udyami Yojana” Urban & Municipal Infrastructure on Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) for "Free to use Toilets” projectat 2500 locations (50% woman only toilets) in Bangaluru Urban District by 2500 "Swachhta Udyami” is proposed . Government is requested to provide 10x40 feet land on 30 year lease at 2500 location to each "Swachhta Udyami” who is member of our organization and "Swachhta Udyami”will take loan of 40 lakhs each totaling 2500 "Swachhta Udyami”it will be massive investment of 40x2500= 100000 say about 1000 crore . "Swachhta Udyami” will build"Free to use Toilets” complex will have two units one for Gents and one for Ladies total 10 seatwith Turbo cleanerwith AC andWi-Fi connections and One ATM and one Sanitary mart and first floor as office and front wall as advertisement.Government of Karnataka is requested to approve 2500 "Public Toilet Complex (Ground plus one floor) ” Free to use Toilets project .This proposed project is about Massive cumulative investment of about 1000 crore for Toilet Infrastructure as at 2500 locations throughout Bangalore "Public Toilet Complex (Ground plus one floor) ” are planned as per Central Government "Swachhta Udyami Yojana” as around 2500 to 5000 SC ST pourakarmikas each one of them will take Rs 40 Lakhs loan NSKFDC New Delhi in collaboration with BBMP Poura Karmikara makkala kshemabhivruddhiSangaha” and Bangalore Mahanagar Palike S C Workers co-op society Ltd and other Poura Karmikara organizations . Approve this project under single window agency under the chairman ship of Chief Minister as land 10x40 feet is required in entire Bengaluru urban district under lease for 30 years at 2500 locations selected by project promoters and investment brought is more than 1000 crore and Government need to provide margin money under social welfare department 24.10 SC.ST Component. End Pay Toilets in India. "Pay toilets are an unethical infringement on basic human rights." elimination is an important body function that must take place, dime or no dime,” fee-free bathrooms as a basic human right, "Free to use Toilets project”.