Bhubaneswar: With an aim to digitize tax collection in State, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Thursday launched the Municipal Premier League (MPL 2.0).
MPL is first of its kind competition for tax officials initiated by the State Government to enhance efficiency and transparency.
It also encourages the involvement of Mission Shakti Groups in supporting the ULBs to boost tax collections. Based on the performance, the tax oficials/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 FY19-20, 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 FY18-19.
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 Chief Minister of Odisha.
Over 900+ tax officials along with Mission Shakti SHGs will be participating in this competition.
Principal Secretary H&UD G Mathi Vathanan and Director Municipal Administration Sangramjit Naik spoke on the programme and gave a detailed presentation.
Among others Chief Executive Officer of Janaagraha 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 attended the program through virtual platform .