Odisha registers over 13pc growth in SGST collection in July

    Bhubaneswar, Aug 2 (PTI) The Odisha Goods and Services
Tax collection has increased by 13.04 per cent year-on-year to
Rs 794.02 crore in July, despite slowdown in the economy due
to the coronavirus crisis, an official said on Sunday.
    The State GST (SGST) collection was Rs 702.44 crore in
the year-ago month.
    "Amid lockdown and sub-optimal functioning of many
sectors in the economy due to the pandemic, Odisha has
witnessed a positive growth in OGST collection for the first
time during the current financial year in July," Commercial
Tax and GST Commissioner SK Lohani said.
    The negative growth rates of the SGST collection were
recorded in April, May and June this year, he said.
    According to him, the positive growth rate in July was
achieved primarily due to regular persuasion and continuous
monitoring by the field officers of the commercial tax
    "The Commissionerate of CT and GST has extended its
supports to the industries and traders. Better performance of
the mining sector has also helped improve revenue collection,"
Lohani said after reviewing the GST data on Saturday.
    The movement of commercial vehicles, which is an
important indicator of the restoration of normalcy in business
activities, is showing an encouraging trend, the official
    The average daily inter-state waybills generated in
the first week of March in the current calendar year was
20,790, which dipped to 1,559 in the corresponding period of
April due to the lockdown.
    The figure improved significantly to 16,598 in the
last week of July, the official said.
    The average daily intra-state waybills generated in
the last week of July was 20,893, up from 5,671 in the first
week of April, he said.
    The revenue collection from non-GST items such as
petroleum products has also improved in July.
    The gross GST collection in the April-July period of
the current fiscal was at Rs 7,540 crore, down by 28 per cent
year-on-year, the official said.
    The gross figure of the indirect tax includes Central
GST, Integrated GST, State GST and cess. PTI AAM

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