SHILLONG, Oct 09: Laxity on the part of the state’s forest department has cost the Meghalaya government over Rs. 100 crores, an issue on which the P Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the State Legislative Assembly has pulled up the department.
“It has been observed that due to the laxity of the department, the government has lost revenue close to Rs 100 crore,” PAC chairman and senior Congress leader Charles Pyngrope informed after a meeting held with the forest department officials here on Tuesday.
Pyngrope was pointing out at the irregularities in the department with regards to the mining activities on minor minerals which include boulders and limestone.
He said that this is something which should not have happened in a state which totally depends a lot on its own revenue generation.
Pyngrope said that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report had also clearly stated that because of the lapses in the department, the state has failed to recover or earn Rs 400 crore of revenue.
He said that this could be because the rules were made in such a way that did not allow the department to recover this revenue whereby unscrupulous miners took advantage of the loopholes which existed in the establishment to evade taxes.
“These observations were made in the CAG report and that is why we have asked the department to take measures or revamp the entire process so that this revenue can be brought back to the state,” Pyngrope added.