Chhattisgarh lost Rs 178 crore due to liquor policy: CAG
Chhattisgarh state not having any policy to recover licence fees for liquor sold in excess of the minimum guarantee quota resulted in the state losing Rs 178 crore, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report.
Raipur: Chhattisgarh state not having any policy to recover licence fees for liquor sold in excess of the minimum guarantee quota resulted in the state losing Rs 178 crore, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report.
The CAG report?on the revenue sector for the year ended March 31, 2014, which pointed out irregularities involving Rs 280.03 crore in Chhattisgarh's excise department was tabled by Chief Minister Raman Singh in the Assembly today.
"In 2013-14, test check records of 15 out of 27 units revealed non-short levy of excise duty, penalty and other irregularities involving Rs 280.03 crore in 2,011 cases," the report said.
"The department did not frame any rules to recover the licence fee of Rs 178.41 crore from the licensees which was collected by them from?the consumers during sale of liquor in excess of minimum guarantee quota (MGQ)," the report said.
Undue benefit was given to retailers by not recovering license fee collected from consumers where sale is in excess of the MGQ, it said.
"During test checks of records relating to fixation of MGQ and lifting of country and foreign liquor in 11 selected districts, we found that as per records of Chhattisgarh State Beverage Corporation Limited and district excise officers/ assistant excise officers, 1,121 out of 1,777 shops had lifted foreign liquor spirit, foreign liquor malt and country liquor in excess of MGQ fixed during 2011-12 and 2013-14," it said.
Though the licensees had deposited the duty in excess liquor lifted, they did not deposit the license fee collected from consumers on the sale of liquor, it said.
However, the CAG also recommended that the state government could introduce requisite provisions to collect the license fee from licensees where sales were in excess of MGQ.
The government may also ensure to recover license fees already collected from consumers by the licensees during the audit period, it said.
The CAG report also stated that incorrect fixation of average duty of foreign liquor by?the?excise commissioner led to short realisation of duty and licence fee aggregating Rs 79.35 crore.