Motor Vehicles Division earns Rs 2.22 cr for State exchequer in 13 days


Gangtok, 19 Jan:

In a welcome move at transparency, Transport Secretary, Raju Basnet, today posted a summary of revenue collected by the Motor Vehicles Division of the Transport Department in the 13 days – 06 to 19 Jan – that the MVD has launched the document checking drive across the State.

The Facebook post by the Secretary informs that the MVD has earned an impressive Rs 2,22,91,083 over this period. A lion’s share of this kitty, a total of Rs 1,34,08,771, has been raked in by RTOs in Gangtok, the break-up informs.

This amount, the post informs, does not include the revenue earned from permits and the lavishly hiked fines and is the revenue generated from the vehicle owners getting their documents updated.

“The revenue includes transactions other than permits and fines,” the Secretary explains.

This is an impressive account of how the fear of paying the hiked fines has convinced vehicles owners to get their documents updated.

“I am posting this to assure you that every penny you pay will be accounted for and will go to the Government treasury which in turn will be used for public good,” the Secretary assures in his detailed post.

He also makes special mention of the fact that 21% of the transactions were made online and announces that the Department wants to make this 90% by the end of the year and is collaborating with NIC to provide all the services online.

“We are already online with Dealer Point Registration, Token Tax payment upto five years at a time, Learner License Application, Temporary permits and Special Permits. We have started eChallan for transparency in vehicle checking,” he details.

The Secretary goes on to inform that Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] and Transport Minister Sanjeet Kharel have desired that all services be door delivered to the people.

In this regard, Driving License, RC Book, Assurance Letter, Permits etc will be delivered to the doorsteps of the people soon, he states, adding that the Department will soon come up with a Citizen's Charter which will provide all details of documents required and time of service delivery.

“This means you don't have to visit RTO office stand in a Q get the assessment of taxes and fees go to the bank stand in Q to pay come back to office counter stand in Q get updated. Just apply and pay online from home and wait for the delivery of your documents like Pan Card, Aadhar Card, etc,” he informs.

The Department is also organising a training for cyber cafe and other computerised online service providers and operators so they can provide services for their respective localities. The training is scheduled for 20 Jan, starting at 11AM at Yatayat Bhawan here.