Odisha: Jal Sathis To Collect Water Tax In 7 BMC Wards

30 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: While piped water supply has started in seven wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme, Jal Sathis have been appointed for collection of tax from the beneficiaries.

These Jal Sathis will visit houses every day to test the water quality and collect monthly water tax from beneficiaries said an official press release issued today.

While Jal Sathis have been imparted training on this account, office bearers of the Aerial Level Federation (ALF) of Self Help Groups (SHGs) were today given training on the use of Point of Sale (POS) machines of banks for the collection of taxes. They were trained by State Urban Development Authority (SUDA) and Water Corporation of Odisha Limited (WATCO) on the percentage of commission to be paid to Jal Sathis etc.

Jal Sathis will get their remuneration through registered ALFs. They will be paid 5% of the amount collected by them which will be transferred directly to their bank accounts. They are expected to earn Rs 3000-4000 a month.

Similarly, Jal Sathis will be paid Rs 20 for testing a water sample subject to a maximum of 20 houses in a day.

Soon collection of water tax by Jal Sathis will be extended to all the 114 municipal bodies in the State, said Sarada Prasad Panda, Additional Director SUDA.

Water tax will be collected on the basis of the reading of water meters, he added.