the finance ministry told PTI. Excise collection dropped 5.1% during the period to over R1,03,629 crore, against R1,09,180 crore in the same period in the previous fiscal year, reflecting a slump in manufacturing activity. Customs mop-up was up 7% to R1,11,844 crore during the period, sources told PTI. Service-tax collection, which has become a new focus area for revenue officials, grew by 16% to R92,095 crore during the period. The government has set an indirect-tax collection target of R5.65 lakh crore for
2013-14, up from R4.73 lakh crore in the previous fiscal.