JAMMU: Excise Commissioner, T. Angchuk on Saturday convened a meeting to review over-all growth scenario of the revenue receipts of the Excise Department for the year 2015-16.
It was informed that the total revenue realized by the Excise Department during the financial year 2015-16 has been recorded to the tune of Rs.1186.69 cr against a target of 1185.10 cr.
The Department recorded remarkable and highest ever growth of 17.73% with 100.13% achievement. The total Excise revenue realized by the Department, during the financial year 2015-16 has been recorded to the tune of Rs. 531.39 cr against 464.89 cr realized during the FY2014-15. The targets fixed for realisation of Excise revenue for the current fiscal has been achieved to the tune of 109.56%. The total Toll revenue realized by the Department during the financial year 2015-16 has been recorded to the tune of Rs. 655.12 cr against 542.87 cr realized during the financial year, 2014-15 while the total revenue realized by the distilleries wing, during the financial year 2015-16 has been recorded to the tune of Rs. 300.75 cr against a target of 296.00 cr.
Excise Commissioner appreciated the comprehensive drive launched by the Excise Department under Eradication and Enforcement activity in Jammu division to arrest the menace of illegal smuggling of liquor, illicit distillation and other violations of the J&K Excise Act, 1958.
It was informed that during checks more than 93,935Kgs of Lahan as against 33,746Kgs of previous year, meant for manufacturing illicit liquor, has also been destroyed in the entire Jammu Division by the Excise sleuths who have conducted surprise raids in various areas to arrest the menace of illicit distillation.
At Toll Post Lakhanpur the Excise sleuths had put extra efforts to arrest the smuggling and import/export of banned items. In the process, 463 toll evasion cases were detected during the fiscal.
Further during the fiscal 2015-16, 26,359 willow clefts as against 4,550 of previous year, 2403 Kg Bukkhi, 780 bottles of drugs, 15,440 Kg polythene, 20,515 Kg herbs were confiscated by Excise sleuths at Lakhanpur Toll Post. In Kashmir valley massive action of Bhang destruction was started and completed by the Excise Department Kashmir during the Fiscal 2015-16.
In the process Bhang on 7,949 kanals of land as against 1,440 kanals for the year 2014-15 and poppy on 83 kanals of land was destroyed. During the meeting, officers of the Excise Department, were directed to ensure strict vigil to improve revenue realization during the current fiscal and work hard to generate revenue for the State.