Friday, 27 July 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– Faced with plethora of complaints received on overcharging at the liquor shops, the Excise Department has decided to paste special toll free and Whats App numbers on the rate lists outside all licensed liquor shops in the State. On these numbers, the people can lodge their complaints of over- pricing. Apart from it, the department has also decided to promote cashless transaction in the liquor shops. The State Minister for parliamentary affairs, excise, drinking water and sanitation Prakash Pant while undertaking a review meeting of the Excise Department in the Vidhan Sabha auditorium on Thursday directed the officials that POS machines should be placed in the liquor shops to promote cashless transactions. Emphasising on making enforcement more effective, the minister said that rate lists should be displayed in the stores and every salesman should keep an identity card. Warning against overcharging, he said that in case of any irregularity, penalty would be imposed and action would be taken under the provisions of the Excise Act.  The Minister further said that in order to prevent false complaints, cross checking should also be done. In its endeavour to make the enforcement proceedings more effective, discussions were held on preparing a comprehensive rate list at the headquarters level. These lists would be placed outside every shop and  they would have names and price of all brands and would also have toll free number (18001804253, 0135- 26562209) and Whats App number printed over it. Apart from lodging a complaint on overpricing, the complainant can also upload a video on the App number. It was also decided to link the CCTVs installed in the liquor shops to the control room of the excise headquarters. In course of the meeting, the minister was informed that against the revenue target of Rs1642 crores from the allotted shops, revenue to the tune of Rs 1844 crores would be generated. The officials claimed that the total revenue collection this year has increased by 25 percent as compared to the last year. The meeting was attended  among others by the additional chief secretary Ranvir Singh and commissioner Excise, V Shanmugam.

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