STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: In order to bolster the resource base of J&K, the Financial Commissioner Finance, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta on Wednesday directed the State Taxes Department (STD) to fix target for revenue realisation for each circle. He also advised to scrutinize at least 1 per cent of e-way bills generated every month to watch for any wrongdoing. Dr. Mehta was speaking at a meeting convened to review the performance of State Taxes Department for the financial year 2019-20 besides taking stock of action taken report thereof. Commissioner State Taxes, J&K, P.K Bhat, Additional Commissioner, Taxes Department, Jammu, Rifat Kohli and other high ranking officers of Tax department were present in the meeting. Additional Commissioner, State Taxes, Kashmir, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, other Additional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and STOs of the department participated in the meeting through Video Conferencing from here and Srinagar as well. The Financial Commissioner asked the officers to publish the names of five best and five worst performers for each month so that neither of them goes unrecognised and the working of the department gets better. He maintained that it should be a regular feature and should get reflected in the Annual Performance Reports of these officials. Dr. Mehta asked the officers to adopt a consultative approach while dealing with the tax filers. He underscored the need of creating awareness about the disadvantages of non-filing of returns among the traders. He asked for automation of entire reimbursement process within the shortest possible time. The Financial Commissioner reiterated that the department should always strive for 100 per cent filing of returns and employ all sorts of innovative measures to achieve the goal. He asked the officers to personalise their business on the analogy of banking services so that each of the prospective filer feels at ease and facilitated wherever the need arises. He further asked the department to enhance its vigil and enforcement activities and look for logistics to further improve its effectiveness. He also asked for counselling of the first time defaulters followed by effective legal action against the repetitive offenders. Commissioner State Taxes revealed that the department is working tirelessly in a mission mode to achieve the target of about 20 per cent growth in revenue realisation from the last financial year. He informed t that against the average monthly revenue realisation of Rs 360.61 crore last year, this year the figure has raised to Rs 401.16 crore per month.
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