Minister Jogen Mohan launched E-Khazana system in Assam
With the launch of e-Khazana today, the people of Assam will not have to move to mouzadars to pay Khazana (land tax) in the near future.
Government to do away with manual land tax payment
GUWAHATI: With the launch of e-Khazana today, the people of Assam will not have to move to mouzadars to pay Khazana (land tax) in the near future. They will have to take the e-Khazana route to pay such taxes, barring the districts under the Sixth Schedule.
State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Jogen Mohan launched the e-Khazana system in the mouzadari areas of the state today. The Directorate of Land Records and Surveys developed the e-Khazana system under the guidance of the Chief Minister and the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The minister launched the e-Khazana system at a function at the State Secretariat this afternoon in the presence of Minister UG Brahma, Revenue and Disaster Management Principal Secretary GD Tripathi, Director of Land Records and Surveys Shantanu P Gotmare, and higher officials of the department and the directorate.
The state has two categories of districts: Tehshildari and Mouzadari districts. The teshildari districts in the state are Dhubri, Goalpara, South Salmara, Mankachar, Bongaigaon, Karimganj, and a few others. Most of the districts in the State are under the mouzadari system. The State Government introduced the e-Khazana system in the tehsildari districts on November 14, 2022, when the Chief Minister launched Mission Basundhara 2.0. The government brought the mouzadari districts also under the e-Khazana fold as of today.
Launching the system, Minister Jogen Mohan said, "Under the e-Khazana system, the citizens will have to follow a two-fold approach: registration (e-KYC) and paying land tax. The registration of citizens under the e-Khazana system started today. It will continue up to June 30, 2023. Following the Agriculture Revenue Year, land tax is collected in the state from July 1 every year. The citizens who successfully register their names in the e-Khazana system will be able to pay land tax electronically from July 1. However, the process of registration will continue after June 30 as well. To register their names, the landholders will have to visit the RTPS (Right to Public Services)/Sewasetu portal or the Mission Basundhara portal, click e-Khazana, upload their Aadhaar or PAN cards, and the last khazana payment receipt. The department will verify it in three steps: mouzadar, mandal, and circle officer. The approval by the circle officer is the final step in the registration process, paving the way for the payment of Khazana electronically. The landholders will get receipts in the e-mode. If a person has lands in different places, the same registration will serve the purpose."
The Minister further said, "This system will save time for landholders. E-Khazana is part of the government’s dream of taking the administration to the doorsteps of the citizens. So far, 3,413 landholders in Tehshil districts have paid land tax through the e-Khazana system. The State Government collected Rs 185 crore in land taxes last year, compared to Rs 33 crore in 2014-15. The department has not hiked land taxes. We are collecting land tax as per the notification of 2015."
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