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WSIS 2022: Bangladesh’s digital land tax system among champion projects

The digital land (development) tax system of the Ministry of Land has been chosen as one of the five champion projects of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2022 contest in category seven: “ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life – E-government.”

In the contest, four or five projects or initiatives in each of the 18 categories have been declared champions.

Out of these 18 categories of champion projects or initiatives, one best project or initiative in each category will be announced as the final winner of the WSIS Awards 2022 in the last week of May.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the nationwide online land development tax payment system on September 8, 2021.

Bangladeshis largely depend on land for their livelihood and economic activities. But most of them have to go to the union land offices where they face great difficulties paying land tax.

So, many people do not show interest in paying land tax in time, hurting the government’s revenue.

The commoners have a negative impression of land tax and land office as well.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Land digitised the land tax payment system.

Landowners can now pay land tax online from anywhere.

The WSIS Prizes honour outstanding projects that leverage the power of information and communication technology to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals.

Source: United News of Bangladesh