Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said the revenue collection figures for the past year have gone up considerably.
“I’ve observed that revenue collection figures for the past year have gone up from Rs500 cr to Rs878 cr,” CM Sangma said adding, “I’m sure that we’ll be able to achieve much more in this financial year. If all of us put our heads together and work jointly we’ll see a huge jump in the revenue collection.”
Stating that Meghalaya depends 85% on central government revenue sources, the CM stressed the need to increase the state’s contribution by strengthening its revenue sources.
The CM has called for more stringent monitoring by the state departments concerned to arrest revenue leaks in the state.
Addressing a gathering at the training programme on GST for State Tax Officers at KJP Synod Conference Centre in the city, Sangma said the state government was working on ways to strengthen and increase its revenue collection and urged all officers to be more innovative in their strategies to plug the loopholes and improve the system.
Lauding the efforts of revenue generation departments in meeting their annual targets, the CM at the same time cautioned the departments against complacency and urged officers to be committed to their work.
Underlining the importance of the GST training programme for officers of the state tax department, he said similar training programmes should also be extended to all government revenue generating departments to increase the knowledge-base of field officers and personnel working at the grassroots level.