GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - The State government will form a joint commission to look into charges of excise duty evasion and dealing in illicit liquor by unscrupulous elements and made it clear that action will be taken against those involved in such practices.
Replying to a call attention motion by AGP MLA Phani Bhushan Choudhury, Excise Minister Ajit Singh said in the Legislative Assembly today that revenue of his department has gone up by Rs 16 crore on an annual basis so far this fiscal.
He said a joint commission will be formed to look into the alleged irregularities. �The commission will submit its report within one month. Based on its findings, we will take action,� he said.
He said no incidents about use of fake permits for sale of liquor have so far come to the government�s notice. �In case any such thing comes to our notice, we will explore options on how to prevent use of such fake permits,� Singh said.
Earlier, raising the issue, Choudhury cited media reports about huge loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore annually on account of illegal trade of liquor and bond-to-bond transfer. He also said that the system of tax collection is faulty and fake permits are prevalent in the State.