Rs 1,342 crore dues of departments unrealised
UNREALISED TAX arrears of various State Government departments had mounted to a whopping Rs 1342.09 crore as on March 2005, according to Finance Department document on disclosures presented along with the State's budget.india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 13:06 IST
UNREALISED TAX arrears of various State Government departments had mounted to a whopping Rs 1342.09 crore as on March 2005, according to Finance Department document on disclosures presented along with the State's budget.
Of this amount, only Rs 275.50 crore is disputed. The remaining amount, therefore, should have been collected without any hurdle -- legal or otherwise. Having put a sound recovery mechanism in place for major tax AND non-tax revenue, the State Government is also focusing on recovery of outstanding tax arrears owed by various departments.
According to the document, there is an outstanding tax recovery of Rs 766.89 crore in Sales Tax. The Water Resources Department has arrears of Rs 184.17 crore, the Revenue Department has to recover Rs 131.75 crore, stamp registration's outstanding arrear stands at 75.17, Motor Vehicle Tax arrears stand at Rs 31.80 crore and State Excise arrears at Rs 53.71 crore.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni and Principal Secretary, Finance, Sumit Bose have directed senior officials to fix monthly targets for recovery of arrears.
Collections of taxes on sales and trade etc along with that of land revenue were poorest among major tax and non-tax revenue receipts of the State.
Not only the field officers of the State failed to achieve the mid-term target of land revenue fixed for the current fiscal, they also failed to make any progress in recovering outstanding revenues.
Similarly, WRD failed to recover cess in lieu of water supplied by it for irrigation or other purposes.