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The  Comptroller and Auditor General have exposed the Raghubar Das government of the charge that it had spent more than 77 percent on establishment cost-salary, pension and interest on the loan. This means that it could spend less than 23 percent of planned development schemes.  

During 2019-20-till August 31, CAG report published in Hindi Daily Prabhat Khabar said, the income of the state government from all its sources was just Rs 24881.817 crore. Out of it, the state government had revenue expenditure( meaning it spent)amounting to Rs 19340.38 crore on its establishment. This turns out to be 77.73 percent of the total revenue gained by it during the above period.

Along side,against the GST target of Rs 11200 crore,it had collected Rs 3586.63 crore which turns out to be 32.02 percent.The lower tax collection against target was recorded in land revenue(16.95 percent),stamp and registration(27.73 percent)commercial tax(33.86 percent)non revenue tax(29.56 percent),central assistance and aid(40.17 percent) and central taxes and state's share(27.66 percent).

However, the excise department sent high on revenue collection against a target (61.09 percent), revealed the CAG report. 

No wonder why, the state government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das is facing criticism of leaving the treasury empty. Worse, the state road department and municipal corporation lacked funds to build roads. Even the state capital roads after roads carried potholes.


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