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Informing this in the Assembly today, Mr. Velusamy said various options were being considered on how best the sales tax could be restructured without affecting the revenue.
Not satisfied with the Minister's assurance, the DMK and the PMK MLAs walked out after the reply.
Earlier, presenting the demand pertaining to his Ministry, Mr. Velusamy blamed the DMK Government for the mounting ST arrears. The tax arrears, which were of the order of Rs. 2178 crores in 1996 had increased to Rs 7244 crores in 2001. After the AIADMK Government came to power it succeeded in improving the collection of ST arrears. The total ST collections, which were Rs. 8663.72 crores during 2000-01, had improved to Rs. 8904.68 crores in the last financial year.
For improving the collection, the enforcement machinery would be tightened to plug revenue leakage and prevent tax evasion.
The Minister said integrated check-posts would be set up along the inter-State borders catering to the requirements of various departments. The check-posts would be of modern type with emphasis on traffic arrangements, communication facilities etc.
For the benefit of traders and general public the web site of the Commercial Taxes Department would be upgraded and more information would be fed, Mr. Velusamy added.
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