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Excise revenue on the rise since 2014

The Excise Department conducted 24,150 raids throughout the country during the first six months of this year under its programme to minimise life risks through the elimination of illicit liquor, the Finance Ministry said in a release yesterday.

Excise Commissioner General H.G. Sumanasinghe said those raids had been carried out under the charges of brewing illicit liquor, possession of such liquor, possession of illegally distilled spirits, possession of distillery equipment, sale of illicit liquor, and illegal sale of foreign liquor.

“The overall raids conducted in 2018 were 49,312. The revenue of Rs 253 million as fines received from the penalty of the raids conducted by the Excise Department has been credited to the relevant Provincial Council. Thus the Excise revenue has also been on the increase since 2014. It was recorded as Rs. 69 billion in 2014. The Excise revenue target in 2019 is Rs.130 billion, but it has already reached Rs. 68 billion at the end of July this year,” the release added.

The Excise Department has set up 56 branch offices throughout the island to eliminate the illicit liquor problem. More than 1,200 officers have been deployed in these branch offices. The Department has established five special operation units which are empowered to carry out raids in any part of the country to eliminate the problem of illicit liquor. The officers attached to these special units have the authority to conduct special operations in any part of the island.

These officers specifically obtain public cooperation in this regard and also deploy decoys in such operations, the release said. 

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