Ranchi, May 9: Excise minister Raja Peter has approved a proposal to create 164 posts of officials of varying ranks and purchase 14 vehicles in a bid to give boost revenue earnings of the department.
The department has also proposed to improve the infrastructure at its offices in Khunti, Ramgarh, Chatra, Lohardaga, Simdega, Latehar, Godda and Dhanbad districts.
Ramgarh figures on top of the priority list, with the department planning to appoint an assistant commissioner, an inspector, two sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors each, three clerks, two drivers and 15 constables.
Apart from Dhanbad, each of the remaining districts will get an excise superintendent, an inspector, two sub-inspectors, two assistant sub-inspectors, three clerks, two drivers and 10 constables.
Dhanbad will get an excise superintendent, an inspector, two sub-inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors and clerks each and four constables.
The minister maintained that he had approved the proposal, which was being vetted by a select committee.It will ten be sent for a cabinet nod.
JPSC will be appointing the assistant commissioners, excise superintendents and inspectors, while the staff selection commission is likely to select the remaining officials.
However, the staff selection panel is yet to become fully functional. Considering the workload on JPSC, it remains to be seen when the appointments will be made.
It is something that is beyond my control as well. But we have to keep making efforts to achieve revenue targets. We have adequate provisions in the current budget to meet the expenses involved therein, the minister said.
The government will incur expenses to the tune of over Rs 3 crore annually on payment of salaries to the new appointees. A sum of Rs 71.72 lakh will be spent on the purchase of vehicles and another Rs 14 lakh on furniture and other amenities for the offices.
Except Dhanbad, all the districts will be given a Sumo Victa for carrying out routine work and Mahindra Thar for conducting raids.