Mangaluru, Feb 25, 2016 : The Central Excise and Service Tax Commissionerate, Mangaluru celebrated the Central Excise Day at Corporation Bank Auditorium on February 24, Wednesday.. The day which commemorates the enactment of the Central Excises and Salt Act in 1944, is celebrated to further improve fraternity among officers of the Department and help traders to ensure better tax compliance.
On this occasion, the Department organized a blood donation camp and felicitated the Central Excise and Service Tax assessees who have contributed maximum revenue to the exchequer, shown substantial increase in duty payment and exhibited substantial compliance to statutory provisions. The officers who have rendered meritorious services were given merit certificates. In addition, several competitions were conducted to mark the occasion and winners were awarded with prizes.
Jai Kumar Garg, MD & CEO of Corporation Bank and H.Kumar, MD, MRPL were the guests of honour at the formal ceremony held at Corporation Bank Auditorium. The programme was presided over by Dr. M. Subramanyam Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax, Mangaluru.
In his keynote address, the Commissioner underscored that in line with the Central Government’s flagship programmes viz., Make in India and Ease of Doing Business , several trade facilitation measures have been initiated through automation and simplification of tax laws and procedures. Detailing such measures, he informed that registration is being granted in two days. Tax payers service centres have been set up and tax payers could meet senior officers without any appointment, he said.
He also informed that payment of arrears could be made in installments and monetary limits to file appeals before various appellate authorities have been increased to reduce litigation. Under the centralized web based and work flow based applications, several digital services are being provided like e-registration, e-filing, e-payment of duty, e-payment of rebate/refund; permitting digital signatures and preserving records in e-form and payment of refund electronically through authorized bank etc, he further stated.
Speaking about the revenue collection, he said the Commissionerate has collected Central Excise revenue of Rs.8325 crores and Service Tax revenue of about Rs.563 crores upto January, 2016 showing a significant growth of about 127% and 30% respectively. The total revenue mop up this year is expected to exceed Rs.11000 crore, he informed.Concerted efforts are being made to increase revenue through recovery of arrears, anti-evasion etc. resulting in mobilising additional revenue of over Rs.31cr. He has highlighted that the Commissionerate has been awarded IS 15700 licence by the Bureau of Indian Standards and it has been the endeavour of the department to further improve the quality of services being provided to the assesses. Stating that the grievance redressal mechanism has been further strengthened, he added that the complaints received are being attended to on priority and the grievances are being redressed expeditiously.
Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and CEO of Corporation Bank in hs address stressed upon the role of the officers of Central Excise Department and improvement in the technology front adopted by the Department in enhancing the revenue collection.
Guest of Honour of the Day, H. Kumar, Managing Director of MRPL stated that their continued interaction with the Central Excise Department clearly revealed that they have been performing their roles both as tax facilitators and spearheading the Government’s new initiatives towards the progress of the nation and society by adopting various technological innovative ideas.