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M’laya Transport losing Rs 255.49 cr revenue: CAG
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 28:
Published on 28 Jun. 2009 11:13 PM IST
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The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) has busted a major irregularities in Meghalaya’s Transport department for losing a whooping revenue of Rs 255.49 crore due to non-collection of fines on excess coal-laden trucks. According to the CAG report, the transport department, one of the major sources of tax revenue for the Meghalaya government revealed that the enforcement staffs did not levy fine on 3, 11, 321 excess coal-laden trucks plying through Directorate of Mineral Resources (DMR) check gates at Mookyndur, Umkiang, Athiabari, Dainadubi, and Masangpani in April 2008. Cross verification of records of the Commissioner of Transport with those of the DMR check gates revealed that 3, 11, 321 commercial trucks carried 50, 45, 508 metric tonne (MT) of coal against the maximum permissible limit of 31, 13, 210 MT during April, 2006 and March 200, the report said, adding that the excess load of 19, 32, 298 MT of Coal went unnoticed resulting the non-collection of fine amounting to Rs 255.49 crore,. As per the government guidelines, any commercial truck violating the permissible limit are liable to pay a minimum fine of Rs 2,000 and additional fine of Rs 1,000 per MT of excess load. Trucks plying in Meghalaya allowed carrying a pay load of only 10 MT of load. Further, the CAG report, rapped the transport department for short levy of fine of Rs 2.43 lakhs from vehicle owners for plying their vehicle without permit in contravention of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. A scrutiny of the records of the Commissioner Transport revealed that for the period between April 2006 and March 2007, 2, 41 vehicles plying without valid documents were detected. However, the department recorded a fine of only Rs 2.43 lakh against minimum fine of Rs 4.82 lakh was levied and realised resulting to the shortage levy of fine of Rs 2.39 lakh. The report also pointed out the short realisation of composite fee of 16.53 lakh against Rs 32.43 lakh from 1,081 national permit holder trucks which led to shortage of Rs 15.90 lakh from national permit holder trucks.

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