Monday, January 30, 2023

Jharkhand CM displeased with less revenue collection from liquor shops 

Manpower agency asked to clear arrears in 15 days, check spurious liquor

Ranchi, Nov 28: Chief minister Hemant Soren reviewed revenue collection and the implication of the new excise product policy on Monday.

The Chief Minister expressed his displeasure over the working style of the operators of the liquor shops.

Hemant Soren said that the arrears of the workers working in the product shops should be paid without delay. The manpower supply agency should ensure that the salaries of the personnel working in the retail product shops are not withheld. The Chief Minister asked the product shop operators to improve their working style within the next 15 days, otherwise action would be ensured by the state government.

The Chief Minister said that what is the reason for the decrease in excise revenue collection, its main points should be rectified as soon as possible. The annual target set for product revenue collection must be met within the next four months.

The Chief Minister told the officials that a new liquor policy has been formulated by the state government in Jharkhand. The objective of the new policy is to increase revenue. In view of the decrease in revenue growth, the Chief Minister reprimanded all the representatives of the human provider agency. The Chief Minister gave strict instructions to them that they should understand their responsibility and make all meaningful efforts to get revenue as per the target. Within the next 15 days, their works will be reviewed again and if there is no proper improvement in the situation, strict punitive action will be taken against all the agencies as per the rules. The Chief Minister said that agencies, wholesalers and officials who are lax in revenue collection will not be spared.

The Chief Minister asked the operators to regularly inspect the retail product shops. The Chief Minister said that the collusion of personnel working in retail product shops should also be investigated.

Directives were issued to display rate list outside all retail product outlets. The Chief Minister said that complaints of overpricing have been heard in the past. Ensure action regarding overpricing. On receiving complaints from the general public, the department and the directors should jointly investigate the complaints and ensure action.

In the meeting, excise secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey informed the Chief Minister that against the total target of Rs. 1600 crore till the month of November for the financial year 2022-23, only Rs 1084 crore has been deposited in the treasury which is only 68 percent of the target. Sale efficiency of retail product shops is 73.75%. The main responsibility of the sale rests with the manpower agencies as per rules.

The sales target was not achieved by them in the month of October, due to which action is being taken to recover it by imposing a fine of Rs 18.22 crore on the human provider agencies as per rules.

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