Land taxes can be paid online: Land Minister
Published: 07:58 PM, 28 October 2020
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury inaugurated the online-based Land Development Tax Management Software Piloting (Phase-I) program for building Digital Bangladesh
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said that land development taxes can be paid online from anywhere in the world and this will be effective across the country from July 1, 2021.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of the online-based land development tax management software piloting (Phase-I) program to build a Digital Bangladesh in the conference room of the Ministry of Land on Wednesday with the theme ‘Land service in hand’. The Land Reform Board under the Ministry of Land is implementing the activity.
At the time, the Land Minister said that land management has changed radically in the last 10 years due to the tireless efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “The Ministry of Lands has won the prestigious ‘United Nations Public Service Award 2020’ as a result of its visionary initiative to build a ’Digital Bangladesh’,” he also said.
Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said, “As part of the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ master plan, the land development tax collection system has been digitized in the light of prevailing rules and regulations to provide services to a large number of land service recipients at a low cost, in a short time and free from harassment.”
Replying to a query on the mouza rate, the Land Minister said the matter is mainly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Law. “We will raise the issue in the inter-ministerial meeting,” he said.
Replying to another query, the minister said we will be able to introduce an online land development tax system across the country by July next year.
In a special guest speech, Land Secretary Md. Makshudur Rahman Patwari said the training and preparation of the officers and employees working in the selected land office have already been completed to run the piloting activities of land revenue collection in a digital manner.
The event was presided over by Md. Yakub Ali Patwari, chairman of the Land Reform Board, and was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Land and Land Reforms Board.
Besides, several officials working in the field including the concerned Deputy Commissioner took part in the inaugural function through video conference.
In the first phase, 19 mouzas under 9 municipal/union land offices of 9 upazilas of 8 districts have been selected for piloting three software related to land development tax management software.
Of these, 13 mouzas under 5 municipal land offices are — Mirpur, Gudararchar, Noagaon, Rudragaon, Bhatirgaon, Charhogla, Mobarakdi, 176 no. Dhakirgaon mouza under Faridganj and Dakshin Matlab of Chandpur, Banagram Chak and Gangadhar Potti mouza under Manikganj Sadar, Karmuli and Maria mouza of Kishorganj sadar and Satpakiya mouza of Jamalpur sadar.
There are 6 mouzas under 4 union land offices — Tungipara mouza under Patgati union of Tungipara upazila in Gopalganj, Majidpur and Anandpur mouzas of Bagdhania union of Savar upazila in Dhaka, Haildhar and Malghar mouza of Khaskhama union under Anwara upazila in Chattogram, “Dewvog ‘Ma’ Khanda” mouza of Narayanganj district sadar union.