Chandigarh, June 10, 2013: Acting on a tip-off in indulging in evasion of motor vehicle tax on large scale by tourist buses and taxi operators, the Vigilance and Transport Department Punjab undertaken a joint checking operation on the intervening night of 7/8 June at three Tax Collection Centres (TCCs).
Disclosing this here today, Sursh Arora, Chief Director-cum-DGP Vigilance Bureau Punjab said that during this surprise checking TCCs established at Jharmari (near Lalru), Shambhu and Kharar were dominated. Adding further he said that the exercise was a huge success as there was a quantum jump of total Rs. 3.43 lac in the collection of taxes from private tourist buses and taxis entering in Punjab from other states.
This Checking operation was supervised by Sandeep Goel, S.P. Vigilance Bureau, Economic Offences Wing Ludhiana comprising of two Gazetted Officers, four Inspectors, four ASIs and twenty constables from the Vigilance Bureau besides three DTOs and supporting staff from the Transport Department Punjab.
Giving details, Arora said that on June 5th and 6th the total tax collections at TCC Jharmari were Rs. 1,86,600 and Rs. 1,25,800 respectively whereas on the intervening night of June 7 and 8 the total collection was Rs. 2,15,650 thereby increase of Rs. 1.23 lac. Similarly at Kharar it was Rs. 56,000 and Rs. 38,000, respectively on June 5 and 6 June but it was Rs. 60,600 on June 7 and Rs. 1,75 lac were collected as challans from tour operators. He further added that at TCC Shambu the collection was Rs. 2,84,400 and Rs. 2,80,300, respectively but it swelled to Rs. 3,76,150 during the checking night and Rs. 45,000 were collected from challans.
"The outcome of above exercise was a pointer towards complicity negligence shortcoming of the officials at the TCCs which should be looked into separately by the concerned authorities", he pointed out. The Vigilance Chief further said that the detailed report would be sent to the Transport Department to find out the reasons of huge increase of collections on the day of joint checking as compared to the previous days and also to compare the collections on the date of checking and prior to it.