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Inland Revenue collects Rs. 105.5 b up to July
 

The Department of Inland Revenue (DIR) has collected Rs. 105.5 billion up to July 2005. Speaking at the 42nd annual general meeting of the Staff Officers' Association of the Department, Commissioner General P.P.D.P. Karunasekara said that this is a remarkable achievement.

"The government has requested the department to collect Rs. 203 billion revenue for this year which is a heavy task under the present scenario," he said.

"We all know that we have to work under various constraints such as the lack of trained and experienced officers, shortfall of required resources."

There are areas where the tax potential is very high but we know that we have not been able to harness that potentiality due to constraints mentioned earlier. Since of late, the importance and significance of the Department have grown manifold because a sizeable portion of Government revenue, more than 50 per cent is expected to derive from various taxes administered by the Department.

There are many instances where the Staff Officers' Association was instrumental in submitting many valuable, meaningful proposals and suggestions to the administration and to the Ministry some of which have already been implemented while others are under consideration.

The Commissioner requested the Secretary to the Treasury for immediate recruitment of the required staff to be given top priority, and looked forward to receiving necessary approval and instructions for recruitment in the near future.

It is my firm belief that, as it was indicated in my action plan submitted to the Ministry, more administrative units are required soon to be established for efficient and effective functioning of the Department.

The association was inaugurated 42 years ago for the welfare and betterment of the staff officers of the Department and interest relating to their service matters.

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