The Department of State Taxes and Excise, Government of Himachal Pradesh has turned to e-Governance to improve its excise function. Plugging the revenue leaks and proactively prioritising proper collection has greatly helped increase state revenue. Service delivery in the state has improved and so has the ease-of-doing-business. Significant enhancement in revenue for the state has also been reported. Rigorous monitoring and departmental response have helped curtail liquor thefts.
L to R: Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group; Mr. Subhasish Panda, Principal Secretary (ST&E), Government of Himachal Pradesh
Another initiative by the State Taxes and Excise department – Computerization of
VAT – has led to the overhauling of the entire VAT system through computerisation. It has developed 25 modules to move all taxpayer-related Acts and Rules online along with a back-office app to serve the officials and staff of the department. Infrastructural development has happened in the form of a Data Centre with WAN connectivity. These efforts have resulted in revenue growth of 33.59 percent within the first year of project rollout. The introduction of e-services like e-Payments, e-Registration and e-Returns have decongested and reduced the number of check-posts.
District Good Governance Index is a first-time initiative by the Government of Himachal Pradesh. This method of assessing the performance of districts on different themes has motivated all the stakeholders in providing good governance at the grassroots level, which would definitely motivate the lower-ranked districts to learn from the best practices being followed by top-ranked ones. The index is a scientifically rigorous, data-based framework that measures the quality of governance at the District and Sub-District level and ranks the Districts on a Composite Index. The method of assessing the performance of districts on different themes has motivated all the stakeholders in providing good governance at the grassroots level.