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
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
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.