The Bengaluru civic body, known as the BBMP, has announced that it will allow the citizens of Bengaluru to upload their khata, .i.e. their revenue documents online. This document is needed to record the details of a property, which helps the BBMP assess the amount of property tax payable. The cash rich BBMP, which has a budget of over Rs 9,241 crores, has faced many complaints from citizens who faced a lot of difficulty in getting their khatas filed at local BBMP offices.
With an online system in place, citizens can now upload all the documents and pay their taxes from the comfort of their residences. All citizens who plan to build new structures on their plots of land, can also upload their building plans online. Approvals for the same will be given online. Imagine waiting for months to get your house plans approved by the civic body in a short amount of time. As corporations move more of their work online, most of the payments will also be done online. Other services which require permissions from the BBMP have also gone online. They are – permission for road cutting, applying for biirth/ death certificate, renewal of trade licenses, etc.
This is an excellent step taken by the BBMP in order to promote a digital and a cashless India. There are very few firms today that are prepared to support the Government’s various e-governance initiatives. Imagine the kind of opportunities that exist in the public policy sector for all those who are prepared with the right skills and qualifications.