Extensive campaign by the Excise Department to curb illicit liquor trade

With the announcement of Lok Sabha Elections- 2024 by the Election Commission of India on 16th March 2024, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the entire country. To ensure free and fair elections in Himachal Pradesh, a comprehensive campaign has been launched by the State Taxes and Excise Department to control the illicit liquor trade and offer gifts to woo voters.  The department has set up 22 interstate checkpoints and 59 mobile teams have also been deployed in all the districts.

Teams of the department have made arrangements to take strict action against people involved in illegal liquor trade in border areas and illegal trading routes within the state. All the teams have been instructed to remain vigilant round the clock so that zero tolerance could be ensured in illicit liquor and tax evasion cases.

Commissioner State Taxes and Excise, Dr. Yunus said here today that action against illegal liquor was being taken across the state. He said that so far in this financial year, 16,718 liters of illegal liquor have been seized in various districts and 1,15,666 liters of liquor (lahan) has been destroyed as per provisions of Himachal Pradesh Excise Act, 2011.

The Excise Commissioner appealed to all the citizens to share the information on toll-free number 18001808062, telephone number 0177-2620426 and WhatsApp number 94183-31426 as soon as the case of offering illegal liquor and offering gifts come to their notice so that illegal activities could be controlled.

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