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Lax babus cost state Rs 1500 cr

Ranchi, March 4: A report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India for 2012-13, tabled in the Assembly today, concluded that underassessment of sales tax, excise, vehicle taxes, stamp and registration fees, electricity duties and mining receipts had led to a loss of Rs 1,532.94 crore to the state exchequer.

“As many as 994 inspection reports and 6,945 audit objections involving Rs 10,977.96 crore have not been unsettled by the state government departments. In respect of 221 inspection reports issued up to December 2012, even the first replies have not been received, although these were required to be furnished within a month of their receipt,” the report added.

Talking to newsmen today, state principal accountant general (audit) Mridula Sapru said that in case of the commercial taxes department, no mechanism was found to be in place for cross verification of data relating to despatch of minerals with those of district mining offices, Indian Bureau of Mines and South Eastern Railway.

Test check of data of four circles at Chaibasa, Lohardaga, Pakur and Sahebganj revealed that non-registration of dealers engaged in mining and suppression of turnover led to non-recovery of Rs 12.85 crore including a penalty of Rs 8.38 crore.

At Adityapur, Jamshedpur, Jharia, Ramgarh and Ranchi West, levy of incorrect rates of commercial taxes led to shortfall of Rs 1.11 crore, she said.

In case of taxes on vehicles, district transport offices did not demand taxes and penalties worth Rs 18.97 crore from 4,204 owners between May 2009 and February 2013.

The CAG report added that 13,341 acre land was transferred by three land revenue offices in Hazaribagh district and four in Ranchi district for commercial purposes without levying “salami” of Rs 4.06 crore.

“Provisions on internal controls were not followed by various urban local bodies. Supervisory checks, an important control tool, weren’t exercised as required under the Acts and Rules,” the CAG report stressed.

Each urban local body is required to maintain a single bank account for receipt of grants from the government and disbursement of expenditure. However, four local bodies, that include Ranchi and Dhanbad municipal corporations, were found to be maintaining 34 bank accounts.

An aggregate of Rs 180.31 crore was found to be deposited in these accounts.

In many cases, the CAG report observed that cess collected by the local bodies, which were required to be deposited with state treasuries, were used up on the ground that grants and loans received from the state government were inadequate to meet expenses, it added.