KATHUA: Minister for Education, Finance and Labour & Employment Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday paid maiden visit to Lakhanpur toll post after assuming the charge of finance department.
During his visit, the minister took stock of working of excise department at the toll post and exhorted upon the officials to work in tandem for realising the revenue targets, creating conducive environment for the business fraternity and hassle-free movement of traffic to facilitate smooth collection of tax.
The minister also inspected the yards of the department and inquired about the impact of GST and e-way billing, a handout read.
The issues of under-billing, ambiguity in negative list, exemption to certain items and rationalisation of toll were thoroughly discussed.
Reviewing the working of the toll post, the minister asked excise and commercial taxes department to facilitate smooth flow of traffic from Lakhanpur as major supply of goods and items enter into the state through this route. He asked the authorities to provide better facilities to encourage the traders to disclose the essential information.
“In today’s world, the trading platform is open and transparent. One can’t hide things. So, encourage the traders to disclose the essential information and receive better facilities,” Bukhari asked the excise and taxation officials.
Altaf Bukhari also expressed concern over illegal mining and cement smuggling from Lakhanpur and other routes and asked the authorities to take steps to curb this menace. He directed the concerned officers to submit a report to his office suggesting the interventions to be introduced to eradicate the illegal trade, even as asking them to man each and every route. “The unfair trade practices must be checked to benefit the consumers at large,” he said adding that people’s interest is paramount for the government.