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 Rs 439.19 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 in the state.

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, including five cement plants operating in Jaintia Hills region.
These cement companies procured 5.48 lakh MT of coal within the state between April 2012 and March 2013, on which royalty of Rs 31.60 crore was payable but only Rs 3.84 crore was deposited by these units.

The CAG said that no action was taken to realise the balance royalty from these manufacturing units and this resulted in short-realisation of royalty of Rs 27.76 crore.
Some of these cement companies had also concealed purchase of 1.95 lakh cubic metre of sand primarily due to lack of coordination among government departments and evaded payment of royalty of Rs 59 lakh during the same period.

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