|Meghalaya CM for checking revenue leakage|
SHILLONG, Oct 15 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday sought strict monitoring to stop leakage of revenue from the State.
Addressing a training programme on GST for Tax officers here, Sangma said the State Government was adopting different measures to improve revenue collection. However, these steps will not bear the right results unless the revenue leakage is stopped by different government departments. He urged all officers to be more innovative in their strategies to plug the loopholes and improve the system.
“Revenue collection figures for last year have gone up from Rs 500 crore to Rs 878 crore. I am sure we will be able to achieve much more during this fiscal. If all of us put our heads together and work, we will see a further jump in revenue collection,” he said.
For this improvement in revenue collection, Sangma lauded the efforts of revenue generation departments in meeting their annual targets, but at the same time, he cautioned them not to be complacent. He said Meghalaya gets 85 per cent of its total financial resources from the Central Government and therefore, the revenue collection of the State should be increased.
On the GST training programme, Sangma said similar programmes should be conducted for officials of all revenue generating departments, as such programmes would go a long way in improving the knowledge of the officials right from the grassroot level.