The state excise department has registered a growth of 8.52% in the first seven months of the current fiscal year with revenue collection of Rs 565.04 crore, which is Rs 44.35 crore more than the revenue realised during the corresponding period of the last fiscal.
This was given out at a review meeting of the excise department held here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of the minister for finance and Ladakh affairs AR Rather.
Finance principal secretary BB Vyas, excise commissioner Vineeta Gupta, all deputy excise commissioners and other officers were present in the meeting.
While reviewing the enforcement activities undertaken by the department, the minister was informed that 108 people were arrested in 2,043 raids and 2,335kg lehan destroyed during the period, and a penalty of Rs 27.17 lakh recovered from the offenders. In addition, 660 bottles of intoxicating drugs were seized and bhang on 2,122 kanals was destroyed, while 10,185 kg of polythene was also siezed during checking.
The minister said the department had maintained a healthy growth rate in revenue collection through efficient functioning of the officers and the field functionaries.
He stressed on the need for intensified surveillance to check the menace of illicit liquor and cultivation of narcotics.