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CCTV to check illegal sale of liquor in Himachal – Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal Government ,Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur took the decision during a review meeting of the state excise and taxation department held in Shimla.

It was decided to install CCTV cameras in the premises of all the 18 bottling plants situated in the State to check illegal transportation and sale of liquor thereby causing loss of revenue to the State exchequer.

He said that this area to be mainly focused on checking loopholes and taking proactive steps for tax collections to bridge the GST revenue gap.

Other key matters during a review meeting:

  • To facilitate the taxpayers, Kardata Suvidha Kendras were being opened in every district headquarter out of which four have started functioning and remaining would be made functional by the next month.
  • Mobile app for payment of Passengers and Goods Tax (PGT) and Certain Goods Carried by Road (CGCR) would be developed by November, 2019 to facilitate small taxpayers and eliminate any physical interface.
  • The officers of the department were directed to work with renewed zeal to eliminate revenue gap alongwith enhancing excise revenue by ensuring effective implementation of tax policy for vibrant economy of the State.
  • Sanjay Kundu (Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation) urged suggested to change BIO Liquor Policy of the State to earn more revenue under this sector.
  • He also requested that the state should bring proactive policies to attract investment in distilleries, brewing and bottling plants.

To increase consumption as per recommendations by the committee appointed by the GST Council to study revenue gap, investment in areas such as tourism, convention halls, shopping mall should be attracted.

Further, the government had fixed a target of tax collection of Rs 8,000 crore during the current financial year.

Author: Niranjan Reddy

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