Show zero tolerance towards cultivation, sale of narcotics: FC Fin to officers
Jammu, Feb 04: Financial Commissioner,
Finance, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Tuesday emphasised the officers of Excise
department to show zero tolerance towards cultivation and sale of narcotics in
the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr. Mehta was speaking at a review
meeting of J&K Excise department.
All the Excise and Taxation Officers
from both the divisions participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Financial Commissioner directed the
officers to take the task of curbing the drug menace in an absolute mission
mode.”It is our moral, ethical and social responsibility to nip this evil
completely for the sake of the posterity”, he maintained. He asserted that
youth is the greatest capital of any society and we can’t allow our youngsters
to go haywire.
Dr. Mehta asked the officers to make
sincere efforts and use satellite imagery and other modern technology to
effectively deal with this challenge. In this regard, he suggested for taking
full advantage of information and data available with other government
departments. He underscored the need for developing a permanent structure of
information sharing mechanism with organisations like Narcotics Bureau etc.
The FC suggested the officers to go
through the excise policies being implemented in other parts of the country so
that necessary amendments could be brought in J&K’s Policy for better
results. He asked the department to make inter-department transfers between
Excise and State Taxes departments a regular feature for promoting a
transparent and effective system.
He directed the concerned to equip every
district with the necessary enforcement infrastructure as per the requirements.
He assured of extending full support in terms of providing the requisite men
and machinery for making the results visible on ground.
The meeting was informed that during the
current fiscal the department has collected a revenue of about Rs. 1,104 crore
by way of levying excise duties and Rs. 728 crore by way of toll tax.
It was further informed that the
department conducted 4,263 raids during this period arresting 141 persons
involved in illicit trade. Besides, the department has destroyed poppy and
cannabis cultivation on an aggregate of about 5000 kanal of land besides
seizing 446 Kg of Charas, 826 Kg of polythene, 4,625 bottles of proscribed
drugs with imposition of a fine of Rs 55.62 lakh till December, 2019.
Pertinently, after the abolition of toll
tax the department is imposing excise duty besides looking after 7
distilleries, 3 breweries and 12 bottling plants with the manpower of 260
persons presently working in the department. It is also enforcing strict vigil
and surveillance over illicit trade of narcotics and bootlegging across