Chandigarh: Haryana Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry on Tuesday asked tax officials to "work hard" to raise tax collection otherwise they will face stern action.

"I will give you six months time from now. During this period I will watch how you perform and on that basis your performance would be evaluated.

"Next six months is your performance period thereafter stern action will be taken against those who would not give desired results and perform at unsatisfactory level," she said in a release.

Choudhry also asked them in case their junior officers do not perform, they must give a written complaint against them, while assuring action against them.

The minister also directed excise and taxation officials should hold regular interaction with representatives of trade and industry to redress their grievances.

Haryana’s revenue increased from Rs16,099.57 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 18,077.15 crore in 2011-12.

In the first three months of the current financial year, the revenue has shown further improvement of 20.77 percent in VAT, the release said.

While appreciating good tax mobilisation by the department in last financial year as well as during the current year, she impressed upon the officers  to  renew efforts for collection of more taxes for further growth and development of the state.

Choudhry gave strict instructions to officers to achieve dual objective of maximising revenue by avoiding evasion of taxes and also ensuring that dealers representing trade and industry are not unduly harassed in any manner.

She specifically directed that Forms like VAT D-3 and ‘C’ Form should be made available to the dealers without delay. She also specifically stressed for intensifying the collection of old arrears of VAT.


(Agencies)

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