PCMC’s Bold Move: Public Shaming to Boost Tax Collection Efforts

Pimpri Chinchwad, 24th February 2024: As the clock ticks down to the end of the financial year, the Taxation and Tax Collection Department of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has rolled out robust measures to recover outstanding dues. Individuals with arrears exceeding 1 lakh will find their names published in newspapers, while videos of asset confiscation will circulate on social media. In a unique twist, PCMC plans to announce defaulters through rickshaw speakers, urging them to settle their taxes promptly.

The PCMC emphasizes the importance of cooperation from the public to meet tax obligations and encourages defaulters to avoid public exposure. A proposal for the valuation of 24 confiscated properties has been submitted to the auction committee, with a decision expected within a week.

Pimpri-Chinchwad, with 615,000 properties, has been strategically divided into 17 zones for efficient tax collection. The Taxation Department has successfully gathered Rs 773 crore in taxes and aims for Rs 1,000 crore before the financial year concludes in just 38 days. Assistant Commissioner Nilesh Deshmukh and his team have crafted a meticulous plan for arrear recovery to meet this ambitious target.

In a historic move, PCMC will publish the names of prominent defaulters in each zone in newspapers. Videos capturing the process of seizing defaulters’ assets will be shared on social media platforms, while speakers on rickshaws across the city will announce names of persistent defaulters.

Over 1000 properties have already been seized, requiring valuation by government valuers. PCMC is leveraging social media influencers to enhance property tax collection, organizing a reel competition among the identified influencers. Rewards will be offered for unique and innovative videos that inspire citizens to fulfill their tax obligations.

Summary of actions taken:

  • Confiscated properties: 844
  • Sealed properties: 451
  • Disconnected properties: 151
  • Tax arrears on the above properties: Rs. 18.5 crores

PCMC Additional Commissioner Pradeep Jambhale-Patil mentioned, “A proposal has been submitted to the auction committee to auction 24 properties, and it will be decided in a week.” Assistant Commissioner Nilesh Deshmukh emphasized, “Defaulters should pay taxes and avoid harsh measures like confiscation and auction.”

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