Cabinet Minister Azam Khan expressed serious concern over non-implementation of recommendations of the State Resource Committee (SRC) at its third meeting on Thursday. Khan,who heads the SRC,lamented that various departments had also failed to put up suggestions for generating revenue for the state.
None of the recommendations by the committee in the past have been implemented by the departments. It shows that they are not serious and are not concerned with the development of the state. This situation is intolerable. The SRC has an important role in generating revenue for the development of the state. Officials should be active in implementing its recommendations, the minister said.
At the first meeting of the SRC,Khan had recommended levying heavy taxes on Formula-1 Grand Prix organised at Noida,which was totally exempted from entertainment tax by the previous Mayawati government,increasing the tax slab on gutka,pan masala,tobacco and cigarettes,increasing the tax on petrol and diesel used in SUVs,rail engines,aeroplanes and helicopters,and reducing the time limit for revision of circle rate from two years to one year.
The SRC was constituted in December last year to give suggestions for increasing the revenue of the state government. It was to submit its report within three months but it was given two extensions of three months each in January and April. Khan had resigned from the chairmanship of SRC in February,citing overload of work but his resignation was turned down by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The meeting was attended by ministers Ambika Choudhary,Balram Yadav,minister of state Kailash Chaurasia and officials from several departments.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has changed the portfolio of Minister of State for Irrigation Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. He has been given the charge of mines and minerals and will be attached to the Chief Minister. Prajapati is a first-time MLA from Amethi seat.