Establishment of the Provincial Revenue Department (North Western)
The Provincial Council administration units were established under the 13th amendment of the constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Provincial Revenue Departments were established for the purpose of handling the relative tasks to the revenue generating activities.
The North Western Provincial Council is the administration unit of province established by amalgamating Kurunegala & Puttalam district together. The Department of Provincial Revenue of North Western Province was formed according to the legal framework of the number 17th of 1990, Finance Statute passed by the North Western Provincial Council, within the legal provisions made by constitution.
According to the aforesaid Financial Statute and number 03, 1996 amended Statute there are 12 sources of revenue to be administrated directly or indirectly by the Provincial Commissioner of Revenue.
· Stamp Duty
· Business Turnover Tax (BTT)
· Excise Revenue
· Lotteries Tax
· Motor Vehicle Fees
· Court Fines
· Tax on Prize Competitions
· Tax on Betting
· Fees on Land Alienated under the Land Development Ordinance and the State Lands ordinance
· Tax on Minerals Rights
· Fees under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance
· Charges Levied under the Weights and Measures Ordinance
The Department was able to win upper places continuously in Inter-Departmental competitions for improving productivity in the North Western province conducted in years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The Department is always appraised by the Hon. Governor, Hon. Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of North Westernl province on its success in Revenue Generating.
Department of Provincial Revenue
Arriving at revenue Targets
· Research and Development of new sources of Revenue generating
· Development of the Professional Competency
· Good Governance
· Assessed and collected as best match with legislation
· Motivated Tax Payers for paying Taxes
· A Tax in default balance reached to the Zero level
· Updated Data base System
· Self-interested General Public standing for paying Taxes and Duties.
· Implemented new sources of Revenue generating within the constituted legal frame work.
· A Staff with Developed Professional Competency
· Improved Revenue Targets
· Appraised Performance of the Department
· A Department, functioned in accordance with Government Rules and regulations
· A department, free of complaints, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
Out of these 12 sources, at present, following sources are directly administrated by the Department of Provincial Revenue.
PHYSICAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
With establishment in 1991, the Department commenced its function with an initial Staff of seven officers who attached from the Department of Inland Revenue. Including all grades, at present, the cadre is sixty one (61). Out of this 61 cadre, 56 are permanent officers and rest 5 are casual officers.
When established the Department, there was no permanent premises for the Department and from 1991 to 1999 it has been shifted to 3 places. In 1999 the Department acquired new premises as its own premises with four stories building situated within the Kurunegala MC area.
The collection of turn over tax as Rs. 300 million in 1991 and it was able to increase up to Rs. 750 million in 2006. The revenue target for the year 2008 was Rs. 1200 million and it was able to collect Rs. 1250 million. In year 2010 it was increased up to Rs. 1300 million.
The collection of the stamp duty as Rs. 70 million in 1991 and it was able to increase up to Rs. 1100 million in 2011.
Until year 2000, as a government institute, the department practiced a manual data base system, and since year 2000 it converted to a single user computerized database. By the year 2008 department it was developed to a multi user database with high security and since the network system any officer can access the database from any place in the Department within the given authority. Now there is a fully computerized environment pushing up efficiency of the staff.
Deviating from traditional Government’s office, the department of provincial revenue (central Province) has converted its service from department centered to citizen centered service with comply the “Mahinda Chinthana Vision for the Future”.