Lt-Governor pulls up officials over theft from sales tax office

Written by Express news service | Updated: May 22 2014, 10:31am hrs
Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday slammed officials for the poor upkeep of the treasury system in the Sales Tax department in the wake of a recent case of theft.

On May 10, 11 kg of confiscated gold and 35 kg of silver were stolen from the sales tax office at Vyapar Bhawan near the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO.

Jung also expressed concern over the alleged suicide of a peon, who was among those questioned after the theft was reported on May 10, leaving behind a note that claimed he was being framed.

During a review meeting of all departments on Wednesday, Jung stressed on the proper upkeep of the treasury system and said all seized items should be kept under lock and key, a senior Delhi government official said.

This was the third review meeting after Jung became the direct administrator of the national capital after the imposition of Presidents rule on February 17.

He reviewed the functioning of the departments of Trade and Taxes, Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax, Transport, Environment and Forests, Higher Education, Training and Technical Education, Information Technology, Labour and Employment, Art, Culture and Language and Tourism.

Jung directed the Trade and Taxes department to make maximum use of information technology and make the entire process of registration of firms and filing of returns paperless, along with providing facilities for online filing with digital signatures.

He also directed the department to take strict action against tax evaders and defaulters.

The menace of bogus firms is to be dealt with heavy hand and strict action, including registration of FIR, cancellation of registration, sealing of bank accounts, reversal and recovery of the tax evaded shall be done, Jung said.

Further, it was also decided that Tax Identification Number (TIN) will be used across the departments as a unique identifier to prevent tax evasion.

While reviewing the functioning of the Excise department, Jung instructed the excise commissioner to ensure 100 per cent implementation of the Excise Supply Chain Information Management System (ESCIMS) at all levels and take strict action against tax evaders.

The Transport department has been asked to improve basic amenities at ISBT Anand Vihar and expedite the process of construction of a new building at the ISBT. The decision to renovate the zonal offices of the department at Seikh Sarai was also taken.

The Environment and Forests department was directed to take immediate steps to check pollution in the city, especially air pollution.

The department highlighted the steps taken in this regard, which include imposition of heavy fines on violators, checking overloading of vehicles, tightening of pollution control norms for vehicles, promotion of battery-operated vehicles and installation of dust-control measure at construction sites.

The Art, Culture and Language and Tourism department were directed to take up development of the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and restore the monuments there.