Avoid smuggling of illegal liquor by maintaining strict vigilance at the borders;Curb illegal liquor and protect the health and income of the poor :CM Siddaramaiah

Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)

Collect arrears of tax-reach target: CM instructs excise officials”.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah directed the officials of the Excise Department to curb illegal liquor,avoid smuggling of illegal liquor,recover tax arrears and achieve the set target in tax collection.

He gave this instruction while reviewing the progress of the Excise Department in conference hall,Vidhana Soudha.

The revenue collection target of the department for the current year is 36,000 crores and the growth rate of tax collection is 5.31%.The Chief Minister suggested that all officers should work hard to achieve the set goals.

The enforcement agencies should keep a close watch on the illegal liquor movement in the border areas of the state,especially from the Goa.

The production and sale of illegal liquor adversely affects the income and health of the poor.The chief minister instructed that the production and sale of illegal liquor should be stopped.

Vigilance forces should be alert at all places.He directed that all Deputy Commissioners should give priority to increase revenue collection.

The CM instructed to take necessary steps to collect the tax arrears.He also said that he will hold a separate meeting to discuss the reform measures in the Excise Department.

He directed to get the services of Home Guards at the checkposts of the border areas and to submit proposals to strengthen home guards services and for other facilities.

Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Rajneesh Goel,Finance Department Additional Chief Secretary,L.K. Ateeq,Finance Department Secretaries, Dr.P.C.Zafar and Dr. M.T. Reju,Excise Commissioner Ravi Shankar,Chief Minister’s political secretaries K. Govindaraju and Naseer Ahmed and other senior officers were present.