The excise department has introduced a multi-colour permits' system for import and export and has initiated other measures to plug loopholes that cause revenue leakages, chief minister Digambar Kamat said on Tuesday.
Replying to the debate on demands to the excise department, Kamat said computerization of records and distillery units is on the cards to enable the department to keep track of production in every unit.
All products will also carry holograms which will be checked before issuing transit permits. The Excise Act will be redrafted in a bid to introduce deterrence. Special squads too will be set up in border areas.
Kamat also said all states have been asked to submit monthly statements of exports in a bid to verify and prevent manipulation. Goa will also submit records, while the customs department will be contacted randomly to check exports.
Replying to opposition leader Manohar Parrikar's statement on the seizure of a truck carrying alcohol brought into Goa by a Zuarinagar-based company, Kamat said an inquiry is on to find out to whom it was dispatched. "Then we will take action," Kamat said.
Special status: With regard to the issue of special status for Goa, Kamat said if it had been done earlier, around the time of liberation, it may have been conceded to by the Centre.
Deputy speaker Mauvin Godinho suggested a last-ditch attempt be made by the CM leading an all-party delegation to Delhi.
Kamat, meanwhile, said the centre had granted a package of Rs 200 crore to celebrate Goa liberation's golden jubilee.
Commercial taxes : Addressing issues concerning the commercial taxes department, Kamat said Goa would soon move from VAT to goods and services tax (GST) regime. Central officials will come to Goa to explain the new system to local businessmen, he added.
The centre has proposed to sanction Rs 10 crore, while the state will contribute Rs 5 crore, to strengthen the commercial taxes department, Kamat said. He added that there are also plans to open sub offices in Pernem, Valpoi and Canacona for the benefit of traders. A facility for e-filing and e-declaring has also been proposed.