Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on March 31 inaugurated a portal of the department of tax & excise and narcotics.

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The portal, called e-Abkari, is a reform initiative leveraging modern technology to carry out various activities of the excise wing of the department. E-Abkari will facilitate seamless online communication among all excise officials across the state, all licencees, administrative departments and other stakeholders.

Congratulating the department on its new initiative in line with the government’s mission to digitalize governance, CM Khandu appreciated the National Informatics Center (NIC), Arunachal unit, which along with the West Bengal unit of NIC, created the portal based on the successful model of West Bengal, the first state in the country to start e-Abkari.

‘e-Abkari will ensure transparency’

Khandu expressed optimism that with the excise department going online, transparency will ensure zero-leakage of revenue.

Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, who is also the minister in-charge of tax & excise and narcotics, said that the government aims to extensively use information technology in redressing citizens’ grievances through web-based applications.

“The main motive behind it is providing ease of doing business, bringing transparency and revenue augmentation by plugging any chance of revenue leakage. There has to be minimum human interface in the process with time bound services,” he said.

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