BHOPAL : The State government, on Tuesday, came under fire from the Opposition for alleged corruption in Bundelkhand package with Congress MLA Mukesh Naik tabling some official documents to claim that bikes and scooties – both two-wheelers – were used for transporting sand stone and soil in big quantity.

Participating in debate on budget proposals of irrigation, planning and statistics, commercial tax and excise department, the Congress MLA said the papers which he received from district officials indicate the scale of corruption in the

Centre-sponsored project in the backward region. Later, in the reply, the minister for irrigation Jayant Mallaiya announced probe into the matter.

The officials in the report quoted a registration number of JCB machine MP 16 MB 7892 that was registered in the transport department as motorbike. Around 100 trucks sand stone was transported on it as per official document, Naik said.

He quoted another number of vehicle MP 16 B 2509 referring it as tractor but in reality this is registration number of a scooty, another motorbike owned by a eunuch of Chhatarpur district.

In both cases, the forest department paid over Rs 11 lakh to concerned contractors, Naik said.

The Congress MLA said rain-fed area development authority CEO quoted in his report what he found during inspection at Bariyarpura Kutni dam constructed in the package. He said he found liquor bottles and one more thing – which the speaker expunged from the proceedings – seeking the investigation by MLAs’ committee in the corruption case along with tabling the papers.

In the reply, Mallaiya said if there is complaint in any case, it would be taken up for probe. He would take papers tabled by the member in the House and would conduct investigation in this case.

FM announces Mobile-based tax service for small traders

Finance and water resources minister Jayant Mallaiya has said that the government this year will launch e-gatiman, a mobile based service for form 49 to reduce difficulties of traders and tax payers and self-assessment system for small traders.  In reply to the debate on budgetary demands of his departments in the House on Tuesday, Mallaiya said the self-assessment system in payment or commercial tax had got good response. Now the department will provide this facility to all small tax payers.  Referring to various new provisions and technology-savvy systems for tax payment, the minister said the commercial taxes department clocked 12 percent growth in tax collection along with around 15 percent growth in other taxes. Excise department too collected Rs 157 crore more in comparison to last year’s figures. Mallaiya said collection through stamp and duty recorded declined because of stagnation in real estate across the country. The government amended the duty rates with the hope to get more revenue. In first quarters of this fiscal, there is 26 percent growth in stamp and duty collection.  The minister said, planning department had prepared master plan for all 52,700 villages, earmarking place of basis amenities.  In irrigation department, the minister said, the government increased irrigation capacity by changing design of canals. It resulted in 75 percent more use of irrigation resources than the planned. Several ongoing projects would be completed in this fiscal.

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