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‘Paying land tax online a sign of smart land management’

  • Land tax service came online on October 28, 2020
  • Tax can be paid on mobile app or website
Update : 06 Aug 2023, 09:19 AM

Land management in the country has been digitized which has made it easy for people to pay land taxes and access their documents. 

Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury has ordered attaching parcel maps with land registration papers to bring about more transparency in land management and prevent fraud. For this he also directed the relevant project manager to connect the geographic information system to the land automation project. A parcel map is a point-based geospatial map connecting latitude and longitude. On August 24,  the minister issued this instruction to the officials concerned during a meeting. At the same time, initiatives have also been taken to bring about necessary amendments in the rules of the land development tax system to completely stop manual filing of taxes. It has already been fully implemented. 

According to the Ministry of Land, land tax service came online on October 28, 2020. On that day, the 'Online Based Land Development Tax Management Software Piloting (1st Phase)' program was inaugurated in the conference room of the Ministry of Lands. To avail this service, first the service seeker has to register online. After approval of registration, tax can be paid on mobile app or website. For this, service seekers no longer have to rush to the land office. This entire system of tax collection has come under the online system. Land offices no longer deal in cash. However, the three hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachari will have to wait a little longer to get this service. However, victims have complained about server complications. The Ministry of Land says that this complication will not exist.

Stakeholders said digitized changes in land management have reduced harassment. It has also brought clarity to the work of land officials and employees.

As a result, the amount of land development tax has increased compared to any time in the past. Now anyone can know the latest updates of his or her own land by using the internet through mobile phones while staying in the country or abroad. 

Sources said that currently payment of land tax is mandatory in Bangladesh and only online payment of land rent is currently available. According to sources at the ministry, earlier one had to appear directly at the upazila land office with documents to pay the land tax. 

It is known that along with the payment of land tax, updation of records, registration, maintenance, collection of land revenue has been modernized. 

As part of this, initiatives have already been taken to connect e-registration and e-mutation systems in pilot form with the aim of simplifying land services and increasing their quality in some areas of the country. As a result, the sub-registrar can verify the land record online from the digital recordroom system before registering the land. Similarly, along with the registration, the Assistant Commissioner (Land) will get the registration document and information about the land sold through the e-mutation system, based on which the automatic registration will be done.

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