Short-staffed excise dept meets revenue targets
Even as the department of excise and taxation continues to face a severe staff crunch, the department is all set to achieve its revenue targets for the financial year 2012-13.
The departments target to achieve value added tax (VAT) collection of Rs 3, 000 crore for the financial year coming to a close on March 31 is almost up to the mark with a collection of Rs 2,800 by the end of February which is about Rs Rs 600 crore more than the total VAT collection in the fiscal year 2011-12, that was Rs 2018 crore in Ludhiana division comprising of four revenue districts of Ludhiana 1, 2, 3 and Fatehgarh Sahib.
Similarly, the department has collected Rs 597 crore so far as excise duty on liquor trade. The amount is Rs 84 crore more than the last financial year’s collection of Rs 512 crore.
Deputy excise and taxation commissioner Kamalpreet Brar says, the department has been performing well despite a severe staff crunch.
She hoped that the department will achieve the target revenue to be collected, as the month comes to a close.
However, the staff crunch in the department is affecting the over all-functioning of the department.
This is reflected as hundreds of applications are lying pending with the department for the issuance of new Tax Identification Numbers (TIN).
Though, Brar did not confirm the exact number of applications that are lying pending with the department, industry people in single window clearance committee meeting few days ago had blamed that over 700 applications for new TIN numbers are lying pending with the department. Brar says staff shortage is one of the chief reasons behind pending applications.
Brar, however, added that as a new batch of ETOs and excise inspectors are undergoing training, she was hopeful that more officers will join the division by June, which will reduce the workload and bring about efficiency in works.
The shortage of staff in the division was so critical that against the total 74 sanctioned posts of ETOs in the division, there are only 17 ETOs employed at present, where as against a total 66 sanctioned posts of excise inspectors, there are only 49 inspectors at the moment.