Karnataka Minister for Excise MP Renukacharya today said there is no shortage in production and supply of beer in the state.
A few days ago,there was a temporary disruption in the production and supply of beer on account of change in labels to be pasted on beer bottles following increase in additional excise duty by 7.5 per cent.
However,officials of the department said hoarding of bottles by shopkeepers to sell at higher prices after April 1,when the new rates took effect,was another major reason for the temporary shortage in the supply of beer last month.
In the 2012-13 budget,the government increased the duty by 7.5 per cent on Indian made liquor (IML) as well as on beer and low alcoholic beverages.
Renukacharya said the department has set a target to collect a revenue of Rs 10,775 crore in 2012-13. The department’s revenue was Rs 9,731.43 crore in 2011-12,an increase of 16.61 per cent over the previous fiscal.
In 2011-12,the State has sold 494.62 lakh boxes of IML and 212 lakh beer boxes. The sale of IML and beer was highest in March and sales stood at 54.55 lakh boxes and 27.43 lakh boxes respectively,he said.
Crackdown of illicit liquor manufacturing centres in various districts contributed to increased sale of IML and beer,the Minister added.