Mangaluru, Nov 05, 2016: Speaking at the valedictory of vigilance awareness week organised by the Central Excise and Service Tax of Commissionerate of Mangaluru Nov 4, Friday, DK DC Dr K G Jagadeesha has sought public participation towards eradication of corruption.
The DC said that corruption and nepotism have hindered the progress of the country. "Had we handled the issue of corruption and nepotism in an effective manner, the country would have scaled greater heights and progressed immensely," he said and added that, "the country had extremely good policies and the world had likewise, been looking at India as a superpower of the 21st century."
The DC said that members from the public should be involved in drafting policies, laying and execution of guidelines. He opined that the civil society should actively participate in the development process of the nation and the administration too, should simplify the procedures for various welfare programmes.
Commissioner of Central Excise Dr M Subramanyam said that with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), trade and industry had been moving towards new tax reforms. "GST will bring the retail sector into central excise and sales tax regime and the area under Central Excise and Service Tax regime would be expanded over a period of time," Subramanyam said.
Noting that Central Excise and Service Tax has been strengthening the grievance redressal mechanism, the Commissioner said that grievances of clients are attended on a priority basis.
The Commissioner said that the Commissionerate had collected Rs 13,500 crore towards Central Excise and Service Tax. Subramanyam said the Commissionerate had registered four complaints last year while 13 complaints had been filed this year and that all the complaints had been addressed.
Stating that the magnitude of corruption was not confined to developing countries alone, the Commissioner said that corruption prevailed even in developed countries of the world. He informed that according to Transparency International, India ranked 76th position in the global corruption index.