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Nepal govt to keep strict eye on imports
Publication Date : 01-10-2012
The government will keep a strict vigilance over imports for the Dashain festival -- the most auspicious festival of Nepalese hindus -- in order to curb any possible revenue leakage.
A meeting of the Central Revenue Leakage Control Committee headed by the finance minister yesterday decided to direct district-level revenue leakage control committees headed by chief district officers to formulate necessary strategies to tackle revenue leakage.
The country sees massive imports during the festive season, which is celebrated across the nation for 15 days.
The meeting also decided to control smuggling by increasing the patrol of mobile revenue leakage control teams represented by the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, customs offices and other government officials.
It also decided to increase checks on vehicles carrying goods and control the use of small customs clearance documents, according to a press release issued by the finance ministry.
As the Armed Police Force has also been assigned the job of industrial security, the meeting decided to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure within the next 15 days to bring the Industrial and Revenue Security Force into action.
The committee directed the Department of Customs to keep customs offices closed for minimum possible days during the festival in a bid to make import smooth.
The department was also directed to maintain uniformity in the price of imported goods at all customs offices based on the valuation rate fixed by the government.
The meeting asked Inland Revenue Department to conduct market monitoring and extensive publicity to help develop the habit of bill exchange among buyers and sellers.