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Revenue targets on course

Ranchi, March 21: The state secretaries of commercial taxes, mines and geology and transport departments today assured governor Syed Ahmed that they would attain the revenue targets set for the current fiscal ending on March 31.

Ahmed, however, advised them to honestly shoulder their responsibilities and ensure cases pending with the judiciary were also settled early.

Mines and geology secretary S.K. Burnwal informed the governor during a review meeting that his target was Rs 2,900 crore. He, however, admitted that revenue amounts to the tune of Rs 611 crore could not be realised because of the pending cases with the judiciary.

Further, taxes on iron ore mining have not been revised for the last several years. If it was done, the revenues would increase by another Rs 300 crore in the new fiscal.

Commercial taxes secretary M.R. Meena and his transport counterpart S.S. Meena also promise the governor that they would meet revenue targets of Rs 6,900 crore and Rs 556 crore respectively.