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Odisha govt initiates steps to check smuggling of mines

Posted on Nov 01, 08:18PM | UNI

The Odisha government today integrated the IT systems of Steel and Mines department with the Commercial department in a bid to check tax evasion, smuggling of minerals, bring more transparency and provide better and simplified electronic service to the beneficiaries.

Steel and Mines Minister Rajani Kanta Singh said the system would facilitate sharing of information relating to transport of minerals between the Steel and Mines department and the Commercial Tax department.

The minister said within months the Railways and the Ports would be included in the system.

Mr Singh claimed that the system was first of its kind in the country and would help the authorities to check tax evasion and smuggling of minerals and create a more efficient transparent and responsive system.

Steel and Mines Secretary Rajesh Verma said on an average around 180 million tonnes of minerals, including 67 MT of iron ore and 110 MT of coal are produced in the state in a year.

The system would be made operational from tomorrow.

He said the integration would help the lessees/licensees to generate e-waybills from the Commercial Tax department system immediately after they generate the transit pass from the Steel and Mines department.

The process, Mr Singh, said would help the government in generating real time information relating to the minerals business, including mining, trading and transporting activities.

It would also help the government to monitor the activiteis to ensure better compliance in he state.