It has been revealed by the Assam state excise department.
From April 1 to October 30 in 2018-19 financial year, a total of 3,68,76,708 bulk litre of IMFL and 2,75,91,705 bulk litre of beer were consumed by the people of Assam.
On average, the people of the state have consumed 92.09 lakh bulk litre of liquor per month.
According to the state excise department, one bottle measures 750 ml and in one case there are 12 bottles and one case is measured as 9 bulk litres.
Public relations officer to state excise minister Sailendra Pandey said that, the IMFL and Beer consumption are high, but overall liquor consumption went down by 5.46 percent in 2017-18 compared to the previous year.
“In 2017-18, country liquor consumption went down by 36.30 percent compared to the previous year. Overall liquor consumption in the state has been gradually gone down compared to the previous years. Despite of the liquor consumption goes down, the state excise department has collected more revenue since 2016-17,” Sailendra Pandey said.
The revenue collection of state excise department has increased 58 percent in past three years.
The Assam excise official further said that, the state excise department has initiated several reforms to bring transparency in overall systems.
“The state excise department has already changed its 100 years old Excise Act and rules. After changing the decades old act and rules, all kinds of excise levies and fee are now deposited through online. Earlier, it was manual and many corruptions were happened in that system. It was difficult to trace the depositor. But the new system helped to stop inflow of black money and brought transparency in the excise administration,” Pandey said.
“Earlier the state government had lost huge revenue following leakages from bonded houses to small vendors. But now, it has been totally stopped which helped to increase the revenue collection. Now, people are doing easy business through the online system,” Jitu Goswami said.
It is to be mentioned that, the Enforcement Directorate has arrested several state excise officials and liquor mafia in connection with the several thousand crore rupees scam of the excise department happened during previous Congress-led government in the state.