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GUWAHATI, July 26 - A test check of record by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in hundred government offices of State during 2017-18 revealed a loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 986.64 crore in 931 cases due to various loopholes in the government machineries.

The CAG report was tabled in the Assam Legislative Assembly on the first day of its summer session today.

The report contains several instances of non-levy of taxes, duties, loss of revenue, irregular exemption and other irregularities. It also contains a detailed special study on �Collection of Arrears of Revenue in Finance (Taxation) Department�.

The total receipts of the State for the year 2017-18 were Rs 54,130.94 crore against Rs 49,219.81 crore in the previous year.

Of the total amount received, the State government has raised only 32 per cent through tax revenue which amounts to Rs 13,215.52 crore whereas rest of 68 per cent was received from the Government of India in the form of State�s share of divisible Union taxes and grants in aid.

An arrear of Rs 252.17 crore was locked up as the warrants of arrest were not executed by the police authorities, revealed a study on collection of arrears of revenue in Finance Department covering the period of 2012-�17. The same study found that demands of Rs 1,700.27 crore in respect of OIL and ONGC were pending with the revision authority, i.e., the Commissioner of Taxes, since August 2015 as no time frame was fixed for disposal of revision petition by the department.

On the other hand, a number of irregularities were reported in the Excise Department mainly due to the inaction of Superintendents of Excise (SE) in different districts.

In Kamrup, a short realization of license fees of Rs 7.83 crore was reported. Interestingly, a wrong interpretation of executive order by the department resulted in a revenue loss of Rs 1.11 crore in the district.

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CAG detects huge revenue loss in State

GUWAHATI, July 26 - A test check of record by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in hundred government offices of State during 2017-18 revealed a loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 986.64 crore in 931 cases due to various loopholes in the government machineries.

The CAG report was tabled in the Assam Legislative Assembly on the first day of its summer session today.

The report contains several instances of non-levy of taxes, duties, loss of revenue, irregular exemption and other irregularities. It also contains a detailed special study on �Collection of Arrears of Revenue in Finance (Taxation) Department�.

The total receipts of the State for the year 2017-18 were Rs 54,130.94 crore against Rs 49,219.81 crore in the previous year.

Of the total amount received, the State government has raised only 32 per cent through tax revenue which amounts to Rs 13,215.52 crore whereas rest of 68 per cent was received from the Government of India in the form of State�s share of divisible Union taxes and grants in aid.

An arrear of Rs 252.17 crore was locked up as the warrants of arrest were not executed by the police authorities, revealed a study on collection of arrears of revenue in Finance Department covering the period of 2012-�17. The same study found that demands of Rs 1,700.27 crore in respect of OIL and ONGC were pending with the revision authority, i.e., the Commissioner of Taxes, since August 2015 as no time frame was fixed for disposal of revision petition by the department.

On the other hand, a number of irregularities were reported in the Excise Department mainly due to the inaction of Superintendents of Excise (SE) in different districts.

In Kamrup, a short realization of license fees of Rs 7.83 crore was reported. Interestingly, a wrong interpretation of executive order by the department resulted in a revenue loss of Rs 1.11 crore in the district.

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