The Maharashtra government has almost doubled the target for excise proceeds from liquor and has also initiated steps to check the flow of spurious liquor being smuggled in from other states.
Revenue minister Eknath Khadse on Wednesday set a target of Rs 20,000 crore for excise duty collection from liquor. Currently, revenue mop-up from liquor is Rs 11,400 crore, which is third highest across revenue generating departments.
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Khadse said that the state government will make it mandatory to have a hologram on every liquor bottle sold in the state to check the flow of illicit liquor.
“Apart from loss of revenue, spurious liquor also causes health hazards, which needs to be checked.”
According to Khadse, “There are states such as Karnataka that have made hologram on liquor bottles and cans sold in market compulsory. On the same lines, Maharashtra will have enforce a hologram which will make it easy for excise officials to detect whether the liquor is genuine or spurious.”
He indicated that the entire cost of the hologram will have to undertaken by the manufacturing companies. The holograms would be enforced within the next month.