Mechanism to halt leakages to enhance revenue generation

cm 2Devesh Dubey, Itanagar, Sep 07: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki held a review meeting of all revenue generating departments of the state government in a bid to boost revenue generation and plug pilferages, and took note of the latest development and steps taken to in this direction. The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Finance Commissioner Ganesh Koyu and Planning Secretary Sonam Chombay.

After going through the presentations and submissions of the departments, Tuki gave an assurance that based on the inputs and suggestions the government will evolve a mechanism to enhance revenue generation as well as halt leakages as necessary.

All major revenue earning departments like Tax & Excise, Power (Electrical), Hydropower, Geology & Mining, Environment & Forests, PWD, Highways (PWD), Transport, Horticulture, Agriculture, Urban Development etc attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister pointed out and said, “Mobilizing own resources and reaching the target set in revenue collection is of utmost importance to facilitate regular flow of funds for centrally sponsored schemes and projects,”. He said it was needed to contribute the State share as required for all Central govt projects.

While appreciating the concerned departments for coming up with latest revenue status in a short notice, Tuki, however, asserted that for proper accounting and maintenance of records, the revenue status should be calculated and updated on daily basis.

Reiterating his concern over reported leakages of revenue through various outlets, he appealed the HoDs to streamline the functioning of their staff particularly those working in the field and dealing straight with traders. He even suggested third-party vigilance in areas suspected of leakages like surprise checks and raids.

Tuki also suggested proper coordination amongst departments like Environment & Forests and Geology & Mining when it comes to revenue generation from minor forest produce such as sand, gravel, timber etc.

Citing Geology & Mining department with potentials of becoming a major revenue earning source, he assured to fulfill the vacuums in the department as necessary like inadequate manpower, mobility and accommodation for the field staff.

He also accepted a suggestion from the department of Tax & Excise for creating an audit wing in the department.

Another suggestion that the Chief Minister admitted as genuine was streamlining the Stamp Duty procedure and making it mandatory for documentation of all important transactions. He observed that this could in the long run become a major source of revenue for the state. He also admitted the need for bringing uniformity in the land revenue collected.

Clearing the doubt of the departments, Tuki advised the Finance department to release funds when needed. Several departments were of the view that due to delay in release of funds, it becomes harder to achieve the revenue target set by the govt.