Odisha is home to 114 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) & 27% of the population live in these ULBs as per the 2011 census. Like any other state in India, rapid urbanization across ULBs has led to increasing needs of citizens for development & basic amenities. ULBs need revenues to meet the developmental needs of the cities in tandem with the growing urban population. Therefore, it is critical to focus on enhancing the mechanisms for sustainable revenue generation, increasing the transparency & efficiency in the system & enhancing the revenues across ULBs.

Janaagraha is supporting the Government of Odisha to strengthen municipal finance in the state through resource mobilization, fiscal decentralization, fiscal responsibility and budget management

Objectives

  • Reforms in Municipal finance with a special focus on the enhancement of own revenues across ULBs
  • Building a digital eco-system for municipal revenue database
  • Digitize payments for all municipal revenue sources, thereby increasing transparency in the system.
  • Comprehensive training of all municipal staff involved in revenue collection and monitoring
  • Driving reforms in the state along with conducting training for the municipal staff to become eligible for fiscal grants

Municipal Premiere League (MPL)

Municipal Premiere League is an annual competition for tax officials to collect Municipal taxes and user fees on the ground. The first and second version of the league has focused on driving reforms in property tax billing and collections, as it is a significant source of own revenue for any ULB in India. The plan is to eventually expand the league to bring in reforms across all sources of Municipal revenue.

Municipal Premiere League 1.0

MPL 1.0 was launched in January 2020 across 9 Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities. We saw a 37% increase in Property tax collections compared to the previous fiscal year, with 43% collections recorded digitally during the two months of MPL 1.0. Given the impact that MPL 1.0 could generate on the ground, MPL 2.0 was then extended to all 114 ULBs in Odisha.

Municipal Premiere League 2.0

MPL 2.0 was launched in February 2021. From the overall property tax collections for FY 20-21, over 50% of the collections happened during the two months of MPL 2.0, and 93% of the collection amount during MPL 2.0 was recorded digitally. Across the two years of the league, we are now having 850+ Mobile Point of sale (MPOS) devices deployed across Odisha and a cadre of 650+ tax officials who are well versed with functional usage. The introduction of MPOS devices was a significant intervention that led to an increase in digital collections across the state

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