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Decent Growth On GST

Odisha records a decent growth rate of 21.79 Percent in gross GST collection in October 2020 compared to the same month in 2019.This is the second successive month when the growth rate of gross GST collection has been positive & healthy.

Even September 2020 month had recorded a positive growth of 18.3PC compared to September 2019.
OGST component also recorded a positive growth rate of 5.16PC  in the second successive month. It had recorded a modest growth of 3.42PC last month.

Commissioner Commercial Tax and GST, S K Lohani reviewed collection of GST here on 1 November.
The settlement of IGST for Odisha during October 2020 is Rs. 480.83 Crore against receipt of Rs. 307.69 Cr during last October recording a positive growth of 56.27PC.Similarly, Collection under Cess has also witnessed a healthy growth of 57.55PC during this month

However, owing to setback in the first quarter in view of the lockdown, progressive OGST Collection (April-October) continues to be negative at (-) 8.48% as the total collection could be Rs. 4309.29 Cr as against Rs. 4708.39 Crore collected during the said period of the preceding year.

Similarly due to the same reasons the progressive Gross GST collection during April-October’ 20 has been Rs. 14701 Crore compared to Rs. 17020 Crore during the corresponding period last year.

The VAT collection from Non GST goods has also been growing with reasonable consistency since last month due to increase in consumption as well as the decision to shift to monthly returns for all petroleum dealers instead of quarterly return period prescribed previously.

The collection from petroleum dealers during September ’20 and October ’20 have been 464.25 Crore and 514.29 Crore respectively against 431.04 Crore and 369.40 Crore during September 2019 and October 2019 having a growth of 7.6PC & 39PC respectively. Overall, the non-GST revenue have witnessed a healthy growth of 36.05PC in October 2020 compared to same month last year.

This turnaround is due to visible improvement in economic activity as well as the meticulous planning at Head Office level with preparation of monthly action plan with focus on specific targets for different ranges & circles as per their potential duly supported by data analytics for targeted intervention and its effective implementation by field offices.

By preparation of such action plans every month, the Circles are assigned different prioritized sets of works every month and it is followed up seriously through weekly review of all Ranges and Circles.

For instance, during October 2020, the priority was following up of the mismatches in returns of taxpayers as pointed out in the Economic Intelligence reports prepared in Commissionerate and making demand and collection from such reports applying all statutory means, besides ensuring 90% filing of returns by taxpayers of all Circles.
Only because of that, in spite of substantial diversion of supply by most manufacturers from intra-state to inter-state, the State could achieve a growth of over 5PC in OGST.

During the recent review of field officers Commissioner Commercial Tax& GST, Mr.Lohani  has instructed all the officers to focus on areas prone to revenue leakages and plug them effectively. 

He has further advised them to take up thorough scrutiny of tax returns of suspected dealers and initiate necessary legal proceeding if malpractices or suppression of tax liability is detected against them.

They have also been advised to focus of collection of arrear revenue relating to pre GST period.

They have been further advised to address all the genuine grievances of tax payers on priority basis to ensure that they are able to avail various services offered by our organization in smooth & hassle free manne