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Corruption issues keeping vigilance dept occupied: CBEC

It may not be the only sector where corruption is rife, but the Central Board of Excise and Customs is not shy about admitting to it and says the board is working hard to reform itself.

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2009 12:53 IST

It may not be the only sector where corruption is rife, but the Central Board of Excise and Customs is not shy about admitting to it and says the board is working hard to reform itself.

"I would say inefficiency and corruption are certainly there. The department tries to keep the level of integrity and efficiency very high," CBEC Chairman P C Jha said, replying to questions on corruption in his department.

However, the taxman said the board has a vigilance department that is on a continuous watch and guards the system from corruption. "We have a good vigilance machinery. There's a separate DG Vigilance," he said.

Asked if the vigilance division is overloaded with work, he was sincere in his admission, "I would not say that but I would say they have sufficient work."

Among his other concerns, Jha said, were a large number of tax litigations along with the issue of tax evasion by manufacturers, which not only hits the public exchequer but also impacts the Index of Industrial Production.

"It (litigations) is a cause of concern and we try to take measures to reduce litigations. We have fast track courts and settlement commission (for indirect tax cases). We also have a mechanism where the assessee need not go to the quasi-judicial authority," he said.