SHILLONG, April 4 � The Meghalaya Government failed to realise taxes worth Rs 598.25 crore in 2013-14, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said.
Checks of the records of taxes on sale, trade, State Excise, motor vehicles, forest receipts and other non-tax receipts conducted during 2013-14 has revealed this loss of revenue in 283 cases, CAG said in its latest report.
During the same period, government departments have also accepted under-assessment/short/non-levy/loss of revenue of Rs439.19 crore in 213 cases and recovered only Rs 34 lakh, it said.
Meghalaya Accountant General (Audit) Rajesh Singh admitted that proper measures should have been adopted to check revenue loss in 2013-14 which would have been helpful to tide over the present financial crisis.
Of these cases, the failure of the Enforcement Branch to detect movement of as many as 85,622 trucks, carrying load in excess of the permissible limits, resulted in short realisation of fine amounting to Rs 43.96 crore.
In another case, the Divisional Mining Officer in West Jaintia Hills district failed to realise royalty to the tune of Rs 27.76 crore on coal from seven manufacturing units. � PTI