Principal Secretary State Taxes and Excise Subhasish Panda inaugurated the three days GST Advance Master Trainer program at Shimla. While inaugurating the training program, the Principal Secretary said that the training program has been designed with an objective to deal with multiple challenges of GST implementation effectively. He said that the training would empower the Master Trainers for speeding up the learning of Tax Officers. The effectiveness of the training strategy being implemented by the department is evinced by excellent growth of GST revenues during the financial year 2021-22. Principal Secretary congratulated the department on exceeding the targets and hoped that the capacity building initiatives of the department will make it more effective. He said that the department will shortly establish GST training cell for ensuring continuous capacity building of Tax Officers. He also assured that the government will extend necessary support to the future initiatives of the department for maximising GST collections. Commissioner State Taxes and Excise Yunus said detailed about the various activities of the department. He informed that the department exceeded the GST annual targets by approximately Rs. 248 crore with collection of Rs. 4390 crore in the year 2021-22. Senior officers and officials of the department were also present on the occasion.