New excise policy helped increase revenue, says Haryana deputy CM


GURUGRAM: Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, who also holds the excise and taxation portfolio, said on Saturday the government has collected Rs 3,000 crore in excise revenue in the current year which was Rs 1,000 crore more than the amount collected in the same period last year.
Chautala, who was in Gurugram to inaugurate a new office building of excise and taxation department in sector 32 in Gurugram, attributed the higher revenue collection to the implementation of the new excise policy and strict checking.
Constructed at the cost of Rs 57 crore, officials said, the new office building will have space for 650 officials and employees of the department. Currently, the department has an office at Info City-1, which they share with MCG and HSVP.
Meanwhile, the deputy CM said that total excise revenue for 2021-22 (until September) from four types of taxes — VAT, CST, GST and excise — was Rs 20,558 crore, while in the same period last year Rs 12,831 crore was received by the government. This, he added, indicated an increased economic activity and economic recovery after the pandemic.
Even in 2020-21, amid the pandemic, the liquor contract of the excise department was auctioned for Rs 3,559 crore while the reserve price was Rs 3,128 crore. For 2021-22, those who already had licenses were given the option to take contracts with an increase of 10% and most of the contracts were renewed. In the current excise year (2021-22), revenue from liquor contracts of Rs 3,803 crore has been received in the form of fees.
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