On one hand Himachal Chief Minister Prof Dhumal’s statements can be read now and then about how Himachal government is stressing on e-governance, but right under his nose departments of his government give a hoot to his instructions. It seems these department are doing everything possible to scuttle the very idea of e-governance and misleading the common public.
A case in point is the website of the Excise and Taxation department Himachal Pradesh which it seems has not been updated from ages and is displaying wrong information causing harassment to the general public.
The department’s website still shows the tax rate of 4% under Quick Links > Commodities and Tax Rates where as the same has been revised to 5% since last budget.
Please click on the link above to see for yourself.
One fails to understand what is the use of maintaining a website if timely and updated information is not provided to the public. Obviously, these websites have been made by the tax payers money. One can very well imagine how the citizen’s money is being blown by the government when even the department responsible for collecting the taxes is least bothered about it’s accountability to the public.
There can be no excuse why the babus in the government refuse to work as this poor state is doling them 25% of the state’s total budget expenditure in salaries. Also the public has it’s doubt about the honesty quotient of the excise and taxation department.
Can the political class now get into the issue of governance and rather stop being a paper tiger by issuing statements in the media.
Only in Himachal..!!