IMPHAL, September 18: Exhorting municipal corporations, councils and Nagar Panchayats to be self-sustainable by taking up various policies, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh announced today that property tax will also be applicable in all remaining Municipal areas other than the Imphal Municipal areas.
He was speaking at the inaugural of a one-day State level consultative workshop on Municipal Resource Mobilization & Implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).
The workshop was organized by the Manipur Urban Development Agency (MUDA) and held at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound.
Maintaining that India is the largest democratic country in the world, Ibobi noted that the role of local bodies in democracy is of paramount importance.
Local bodies should focus on resource mobilization to be self-sustainable. Property tax is one of the important assets of resource mobilization, the CM said.
Elaborating that steps are being taken up to issue notice for collection of property tax for Imphal Municipal Corporation, he appealed to other municipalities to discuss with the concerned authorities including MAHUD on issuing notification for them as well.
He called upon the municipalities to organize public awareness campaigns from time to time with the aim to maintain cleanliness in Imphal city.
The CM also assured that the government is making earnest efforts to effectively implement Swach Bharat Mission and National Urban Livelihood Mission in the State.
Stating that the missions could be implemented effectively with cooperation from local bodies, Ibobi said that the government is trying to further strengthen local bodies.
The CM also appealed to the people to give suggestions to the government so as to make the local bodies self-sustainable.
Today’s programme was also attended by secretary of Municipal Administration Housing & Urban Development RK Dinesh Singh and consultant to the State government Dr RK Nimai Singh as president and guest of honour respectively.
Director of MAHUD N Geetkumar delivered the key note address on the occasion wherein chairpersons, vice-chairpersons, councillors and officials of Municipalities and Nagar Panchayat were also present.