SILCHAR, Oct 20 - Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the fate of the five excluded documents for the National Register of Citizens (NRC), State Minister of Excise, Parimal Suklabaidya, on Saturday said that the Government is hopeful of a positive response towards the affidavit filed for inclusion of the documents.
Extending Bijoya Dashami greetings on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and also on his personal behalf to the people of the State, Suklabaidya said, �the Government is hopeful of a positive response on its affidavit for inclusion of the five excluded documents necessary for a correct and error-free NRC and we are looking forward to the verdict of the Supreme Court on October 23. There is no reason for genuine Indian citizens to worry. Also, steps will be taken to ensure that names of no illegal citizen gets featured in the final NRC.�
The Excise Minister thanked the people of the State for maintaining peace and harmony during the just concluded Durga Puja celebrations. �Instances of alchoholic consumption in the State have declined by 30 per cent in the past three years. This is a welcome change in the society and we have witnessed a peaceful Durga Puja celebrations this year. Breath analyser device was used by officials of the Department of Excise at various points across the State,� Suklabaidya said.
He was quick to add that even as the consumption level of alchohol declined, the trend has not affected revenue generation. �From April to August this year, the department has earned revenue of Rs 1100 crore. We are expecting a revenue generation of Rs 2,500 crores in this financial year. Also, the system of collecting revenue has been upgraded and digitised for IMFL country spirit and community drinks preventing leakages in the revenue collection as well,� the Minister claimed.