Dy CM Bhatti directs officials to plug leakages and mobilise additional revenue

Deputy Prime Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (File photo | Express)

HYDERABAD: Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu on Friday directed officials to look for ways to mobilise additional revenue and increase government revenue.

Vikramarka, who holds the finance portfolio, chaired a review meeting with officials of the finance, tax, customs, transport and Aarogya Sri departments at the Secretariat. Tax Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy, Customs Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, Transport Minister Ponnam Prabhakar and others attended the meeting.

The Deputy CM reviewed the progress made in the last two financial years.

He also reviewed the work done during the first two months of the current fiscal year and directed the officials of all departments to prepare themselves to improve the performance in their respective departments and take appropriate measures to ensure that there are no leakages of any kind. The Enforcement Department should be strengthened to achieve the budget estimates, he said.

Vikramarka enquired about the functioning of the committee set up in the Commercial Taxes Department to raise revenue. The Commercial Taxes Department should hold regular review meetings in various departments to strengthen government revenue and prevent tax evasion, he said.

Vikramarka advised them to take stock of the interest that RTC pays to various banks and institutions and explore the possibility of transferring loans to institutions that charge less interest and help RTC increase its revenue. A similar experiment conducted on an experimental basis in Singareni Collieries brought a profit of hundreds of crores of rupees to the company, the finance minister said.

He asked the officials to expedite the process of Land Regularisation Scheme. Several LRS applications were pending for a long time. The process was initiated before the election notification was issued. He examined the reasons behind the lack of progress of the LRS and directed the officials to expedite the process to increase the state's revenue.

Vikramarka enquired about details of the houses constructed under the Housing Board’s Rajiv Swagruha scheme and the revenue generated from them.

On the Rajiv Aarogya Sri scheme, he said the main aim should be to satisfy the common people. A procedure will be put in place to release outstanding Aarogya Sri bills every month.

Officials should hold talks with private hospitals to extend medical care under the packages offered in government hospitals and tell them that the Aarogya Sri scheme is part of corporate social responsibility, the minister said.