Mnp collected Rs 857.89 crore revenue under GST

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 21: | Publish Date: 2/22/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Manipur government collected revenue amounting to Rs 857.89 crore after the introduction of new tax regime, Goods and Serivce Tax (GST) in July 2017 till January 2019.

Informing this in the house of the ongoing budget session of Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the state was projecting Rs 754.78 crore as GST revenue in the next fiscal year 2019-20.

However, he maintained that the tax revenue collection rate will depend on the sale proceed.

Singh also informed the house that the state government was considering re-introduction of state lottery to enhance revenue.

It may be noted that the sale of lottery tickets in the state was suspended following a blanket ban imposed by a rebel group – Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) - since September 1, 1991.

The Manipur State Lottery, however, continues to conduct the lottery by selling the ticket outside the state. 

However, it was also stopped in the wake of a scam during the Nipamacha Singh government’s term (1997-2001) in office.

On the second day of the budget session, the house took up motion of thanks on Governor’s address and passed it unanimously.

Taking part in the discussion on Governor’s address, state chief minister N Biren Singh said that the state government was committed to uplift all the backward districts to bring inclusive development in the state. 

Being a state having hill and valley areas, Singh said his government felt the need for a topographical need based budget to bring inclusive development. 

The state government proposed the same to the Central government after it came to power. As a result, the Central government introduced Hill Area Development Fund (HADF) for states like Manipur, the chief minister said.

Under HADF, the centre has selected 90 backward districts including Tamenglong/Noney district. 

However, newly created districts of the state could not be included in the list as selection of districts under HADF was done based on the India Infrastructure Index, 2009, Singh said. 

Informing that HADF is a continuous system, the chief minister, assured the house that the state government would recommend other backward districts of the state for inclusion in the list of beneficiaries.

The chief minister also added that development of sports infrastructure has been taken up in different areas of the State under Khelo India scheme. 

The government is also planning to install outdoor gyms in different areas, he added.

Earlier, the motion was moved by health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh and opposition members took part in the discussion. 

The house also passed a total of Rs 23,900,451,000 as supplementary grants (2018-19), Rs 1,55,000 for excess grants (2014-15) and Rs 510,658,000 as excess grants( 2015-16) without any debate.


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