The audit report of supply chain management of liquor products in the State by the CAG said the Excise officers in charge of the liquor manufacturers have no record of passes issued by the district excise officers (DEOs).
“In respect of nine passes involving 3,61,280 London Proof Litre (LPL) of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA), only 3,57,279.45 LPL of ENA were recorded as received and stored at the spirit tanks of the manufacturing units and 4,000.55 LPL was recorded as wastage against 2,436.40 LPL, worked out in audit considering the days of transit and the permissible wastage. Thus, the manufacturing units were liable to pay excise duty on the balance 1,564.15 LPL amounting to Rs 6.15 lakh, which had not been imposed,” said the CAG report.
The report said in the warehouses of three IMFL units and one beer manufacturing unit, 69,708.46 LPL IMFL and 62,342.80 BL beer, bottled during January 2002 to March 2020, were lying in stock as of March 2021, beyond the stipulated period of three months.
However, Excise Duty (ED) and fine, amounting to Rs 1.19 crore only, had been imposed on two of the manufacturing units, against dues of Rs 6.33 crore.
The CAG reports further said The Excise Adhesive Labels (EALs) balances at the end of each year in respect of 17 operating suppliers had not been verified by the Excise OIC. The other 12 operating suppliers had declared less closing balance of EALs by 38.59 lakh. Further, 2.70 lakh EALs were lying with nine non-operating suppliers of IMFL since 21 to 45 months.