Bhubaneswar, February 4: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Thursday launched Municipal Premier League (MPL 2.0), a first of its kind competition for tax Officials initiated by the State Government.
This aims to digitise tax collections, thereby enhancing efficiency and transparency. It also encourages the involvement of Mission Shakti Groups in supporting the ULBs to boost tax collections.
Based on the performance of the tax officials, Mission Shakti Self-Help Groups will be awarded after the League concludes.
The first season of Municipal Premier League which was launched in only nine AMRUT cities of Odisha in financial year 2019-20, was a huge success in boosting the own revenues of the ULBs. The results of the first league was tremendous as it improved the collections by 37% over FY 2018-19.
Now, all 114 Urban Local Bodies are included under MPL 2.0 where digital collections through MPOS (Mobile Point of Sale) machines to be given the topmost priority emphasizing the importance of 5T initiative by Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha. Over 900 tax officials along with Mission Shakti SHGs will be participating in this competition.
Housing & Urban Development Department Principal Secretary G Mathi Vathanan in his opening remarks highlighted on launching of MPL 2.0.
Municipal Administration Director Sangramjit Naik spoke on the programme and gave a detailed presentation.
Among others, Chief Executive Officer of Janaagraha Shri Srikanth Viswanathan, Collectors, Additional District Magistrates, Sub-Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Executive Officers, City Managers (Nodal Officers for MPL 2.0), Tax Officials, Janaagraha officials and other relevant officials MPL 2.0 attedned the launching through virtual platform.