JAMMU: Revenue to the tune of Rs 153.64 crore has been realized by the Excise Department during the financial year of 2016-17 in comparison to Rs. 130.51 crore realized during the corresponding period last fiscal thus registering a growth of 17.65%, this was informed during a meeting chaired by Excise Commissioner, Mohammad Javed Khan here on Wednesday.It was also informed that at Toll Post Lakhanpur there has been an increase of Rs. 15.76 crore (34.82%) in revenue realization during the month of March,2017 while a total fine amounting to Rs. 5.15 lakh was realized on account of violations of Distillery Rules. On the front of Eradication and Enforcement activity it was apprised that during the March,2017, approximately fifteen tones of Lahan was destroyed by the various Excise Teams in Jammu division by undertaking 460 raids in which 17 persons were arrested and fine to the tune of Rs.5.84 lakh was collected in various violations. While acknowledging the efforts made by all wings of the Department in collection of Taxes/Duties Excise Commissioner stressed to maintain the momentum in current financial year he stressed on use of CCTVs and other means for monitoring of the Bottling Plants, Breweries and Distilleries and supervise manufacturing process. Khan also appreciated the comprehensive drive launched by the department to arrest the menace of illegal smuggling of liquor, illicit distillation and other violations of the J&K Excise Act, 1958.
He directed the department functionaries to chart a roadmap for implementation of Corpus Social Responsibility Fund and to launch a mass contact programme for spreading awareness among masses and youth against drug addiction and drunk driving.