Jammu, Nov 24: The State Taxes Department (STD) has sought details of payments made by various government departments to the contractors since the promulgation of GST Act in the State to ensure compliance of the filing of monthly GSTR-3B returns.
“State Taxes Department has sought information regarding payments made to the contractors for executing work contracts by various DDOs of government departments from 8.07.2017, the date from which the Goods and Services Tax Act was promulgated in the State,” said Mohammad Shahid Saleem, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes (Administration & Enforcement), Jammu.
He said the action has been initiated after it came to surface during data analysis of the payments made by the government departments to the contractors against various works that the return filing under the GST was not up to the mark. He said all the contractors who have received payments from the government departments had to mandatorily file monthly GSTR-3B returns under the GST regime.
“Due to default on part of the contractors huge amount of tax due to the State has been held back causing huge loss to the state exchequer,” he said and added that letters have been sent to all the Deputy Commissioners, Heads of Departments and Chief Engineers to provide details of the payments made to the contractors on work contracts since 8 July 2017 so that action is initiated under Section-76 of the J&K State Goods & Services Tax Act-2017 against defaulting contractors who have not filed GSTR-3B returns.
Meanwhile, continuing with its drive against GSTR-3B non-filers, the State Taxes Department has intensified its drive in various districts. Acting on strict directions of the Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary, a team of the officers of the State Taxes Department comprising State Taxes Officer, Abdul Rehman, Inspectors Mohammad Yusuf and Pervaiz Wani under overall supervision of Mohammad Shahid Saleem, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes (Administration & Enforcement), Jammu conducted a series of inspections in the twin districts/circles of Rajouri and Poonch.
The tax payers whose premises were inspected include M/s Bali Sweet Shop Rajouri, M/s National Steel Trading Company Rajouri, Ganga Tiles Rajouri, M/s Anpurana Provisional Store Rajouri, M/s Fancy Industry Rajouri, M/s Ehsah Hardware Industry Rajouri, M/s International Gate & Grills, M/s Jai Ji Traders Jawahar Nagar Rajouri, M/s Peer Panjal Saria and Cement Store Rajouri, M/s Sain Marble Poonch, M/s Asian Builders Poonch, M/s Asian Marble & Tiles Poonch, M/s Raina Cement and Saria Store Thannamandi and M/s Hablas E-Commerce Pvt Ltd Mendhar.
The traders were directed on spot to clear their tax liability within 7 days failing which action under Section-67 of GST Act shall be initiated against them. During inspections tax evasion was detected and tax/penalty to the tune of Rs 6.16 lakhs was also imposed and recovered under different sections of the GST.
If PSA for stone pelting in Kashmir why not in Jammu: Sajad Lone
Jammu, Feb 18: Peoples’ Conference Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families living outside Kashmir was unacceptable and cannot be passed off as a purportedly natural outburst.
“These incidents are tantamount to trivializing the enormous sufferings and the pain suffered by the people of Kashmir over the period of the last three decades while their lives were engulfed by the scourge of violence and terror.
They have been at the receiving end of the devastation that comes with a prolonged conflict and they have borne the brunt. To attack them, single them out and harass them is shameful and those behind such mob-mentality and bullying should be dealt with in the strongest of terms”, Sajad Gani
Lone said today on arrival in Jammu where he is going to reach out to members of the community to ensure their safety and security.
“If stone pelting is wrong in Kashmir, it is equally wrong in Jammu and should attract the same legal and administrative response. What is wrong in Kashmir can’t be deemed acceptable and tolerable in Jammu. Law and Order is the subject of the State Administration and they need to ensure there is zero tolerance for these mobs in Jammu and those who are involved are arrested and persecuted”, Sajad Lone further added.
“All State Governments are duty bound to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiri students, professionals and families residing in their respective States and no laxity should be tolerated in this matter. I have spoken to various State Government authorities and Police Authorities in various States and sought foolproof safety and security of Kashmiri students and families in those States”, the PC Chairman added.
Safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu our priority: Farooq
Jammu, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is personally overseeing the relief operation of the stranded Kashmiris in Jammu on the second consecutive day has maintained that safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu is our priority.
Dr Farooq Abdullah who has been personally overseeing the whole relief and rescue operation has ensured the safe transit of more than 2500 small and big vehicles to Kashmir over the past two days.
Pertinent to mention here that the party has geared up its provincial team of Jammu including party additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustufa Kamal and Provincial President Devender Singh Rana in its response to the exigencies following the incidents of arson and sporadic vioence in some parts of Jammu.
While addressing people at Mecca Masjid Dr Farooq Abdullah urged the stranded passengers there to have faith and believe in the age old traditions of brotherhood and bonhomie. He also applauded the efforts of local people and other communities who came forward to help the stranded Kashmiris. “I am moved by the compassion of various groups and communities who have come forward to the rescue of stranded Kashmiris. The efforts need to be replicated across all sections of the society; measures like these are befitting reply to those forces as are inclined to destroy our unity,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Farooq under his vigil managed safe transit of stranded passengers including eighty students to Kashmir for the second consecutive day.
Dr Farooq maintained that he will be staying put at Jammu only unless the condition returns to normalcy. “I am personally watchful of the situation. We have put up a free community kitchen at Mecca Masjid to ensure that the needy and stranded people don’t have to face any problem in the wake of the tumultuous situation,” he said.
Party functionaries and senior leaders who are part of the relief operation include Ajaz Jan, Ratan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Syed Akhoon and others.
CB books revenue officials, beneficiaries for grabbing 45 kanals of state land at Pahalgam
Srinagar, Feb 18: Crime Branch Kashmir today registered a case against revenue officials and the beneficiaries for illegal transferring state land at Pahalgam in favour of the latter.
According to an official communiqué, the Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from inhabitants of village Nunwan Pahalgam Anantnag.
The complaint inter-alia reveals that as per revenue records of the year 1978 (Bikrami) land measuring 45 Kanals & 19 Marlas under Survey No. 169 situated at village Nunwan Pahalgam was Khalsa Sarkar/state land. The land as per year 1990-91 (Bikrami) stands divided under various Nos. viz 196/169 (9.1 Kanals), 200/169(5.4 Kanals), 206/169(1.16 Kanals), 207/169(4.9 kanals), 208/169(8.2 Kanals), 220/169(3.11 Kanals),169 (6.7Kanals) and in the same Jamabandi the entries have been made in tenancy column in favour of tenants and possession holders, but in the same record piece of land under survey No. 169 was recorded as state land (Kabza Najaiz). It is alleged that in Jamabandi of the year 1969-70 few fictitious survey Nos 301/169(10.10 Kanals) 326/169 (3.7 Kanals) were made in favour of some non-locals namely Salam-Din & others R/O Khanabal Anantnag, and 301/169 (2 Kanals) in favour of Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, by the revenue officials in connivance with the beneficiaries. The land has been illegally occupied by the said persons while as the land is state land measuring 38 Kanals as Shamilat U/S 5, and 6.7 Kanals are recorded as
“Goorvan”. Subsequently a preliminary enquiry under Reg.No.58/2011 was initiated at Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir. It came to fore that the land in question has been reflected as Khalsa Sarkar as per “Misle-Haqiyat” (record of rights) of the year 1978 (Bikrami). Subsequently the said land was converted to Shamilaat and then fraudulently in furtherance of criminal conspiracy by the revenue officers/officials and the beneficiaries and mutated in favour of Salam-Din R/O Khanabal Anantang, and Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, U/S 4 & 8 of Agrarian Reforms Act, thereby misused their official position in order to render undue benefit upon beneficiaries.
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