Short-staffed ex­cise dept meets rev­enue tar­gets

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - Sachin Sharma sachin.ku­mar2@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

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.

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