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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Excise revenue up despite Covid

Chandigarh, October 7

The Excise and Taxation Department in Haryana has collected revenue amounting to Rs 2,408.71 crore in the first quarter of 2020-21 against Rs 2,179.9 crore recovered in the corresponding quarter of last year despite the Covid pandemic.

Ashutosh Rajan, Collector (Excise), Haryana, said that in the 47 days of the second quarter of this year, the department earned revenue of Rs 796.25 crore against Rs 653.16 crore during the corresponding period last year.

Rajan said that the department has entrusted inquiries to the teams to probe matters regarding sampling, authenticity of holograms of liquor seized by the police in Sonepat, Rewari and Ambala separately. The Collector (Excise) said that to improve the functioning of the department and to keep a check on the smuggling of liquor from distilleries, the department has issued directions to the DETCs across the state to keep a strict vigil on godowns, buildings, factories, rice shellers etc which are lying vacant in their districts as such premises might be used for illegal storage of liquor.

"Other steps like installation of CCTV cameras, track and trace systems and flow meters have been introduced to bring transparency," said Rajan. — TNS

from The Tribune

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