WatchOut: Major Administrative Reforms Are On The Cards In Telangana
Category: Telangana

Hyderabad: Telangana has big administrative changes on its hands. The main revenue generating departments for Transport, Stamps and Registrations, Excise, Prohibition and Commercial Taxes is expected to go in for significant changes to boost officials' productivity and ensure that tax collections do not leak. In addition to implementing a new Revenue Act to ensure effective land management, the Government of the State is keen to bring about significant reforms in the other main departments by the end of this year. In defined regions, where liquor sales are high, the government has already decided to establish more Excise Stations. It has thus created new positions classified as Additional Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners.

Top state administration officials said special emphasis was put on wings producing revenue. State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, who also heads the department of Commercial Taxes, is reviewing the officials' performance across the board. He also proposes strengthening the entire Department of Commercial Taxes, and the same will be forwarded to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for approval before the start of the Assembly session. At present, officials from the Department of State Commercial Taxes have been assigned to collect VAT on fuels and to streamline the online list of traders for GST collections. Many of the loopholes found in tax collections have been rectified. To address future challenges, high-end technology training was given to officials to curb hi-tech evasion by traders in recent recorded tax payments.

With the introduction of paperless administrative system, the Stamps and Registration department, which is considered as one of the big revenue generation sources, underwent significant transformation. A series of major reforms is under preparation to curb corruption and abuse of power in land registration. Soon the government will redesign the whole wing. The Department of State Transport has also been revamped by providing 100 per cent online vehicle registration and driving licensing. The biggest obstacle to stopping corruption before the government is the current mafia agent who is colluding with the officials.

A significant shake-up in the administration of all of the above-mentioned main departments will take place in a staggered manner and the officials will be made more accountable in raising targeted revenue to meet the State's financial needs. Also under consideration is a proposal to create Telangana Administrative Services (TAS) to fill all vacancies in the departments Customs, Excise, Commercial Taxes, Transport and Stamps. Aspirants to the job who wished to access the services in these wings would need to have special expertise in financial management and generating revenue. A clarification about establishing TAS will come when the Assembly adopts a new Revenue Act.

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