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Federal Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday that tax department officials should be trained to use modern technological tools to plug the leak. She was speaking at the inauguration of Kendriya GST Parisar, a residential area of CGST Mumbai.
“Training officers, especially junior officers, can help. Soon we will be training in different parts of the country so that each of you can use technology with confidence to help you make sure leaks are blocked,” the finance minister said in a statement. said in a statement.
Sitharaman also added that better use of artificial intelligence tools and data to drill down could help officials spot revenue leaks. According to the minister’s statement, “the training modules implemented in their day-to-day work will also help ease the workload of tax department staff keen to plug leaks.”
The minister also praised the work done by the tax department, Sitharaman added: “In the strong GST collection, the work being carried out can be seen every month and officials who are doing well need no push.”
Sitharaman also spoke about her discussions with Tax Minister Tarun Bajaj and Central Indirect Tax Council Chairman Vivek Johri. As the minister said, “I’ve spoken to Tarun Bajaj and Vivek Johri. I’m asking for training on better use of artificial intelligence, data mining, IoT. So we can use technology to detect where leaks are happening and Pranksters are in game systems, demanding refunds for errors, creating shell companies and colluding with the rare black sheep of the system.”
The minister also added that, internationally, tax authorities are using IoT technology to automatically scan goods using electronic seals, QR codes and X-ray scanners.