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Meghalaya Is Going To Charge Army and Paramilitary Alcohol Fees

Meghalaya Is Going To Charge Army and Paramilitary Alcohol Fees

For bringing in liquor from outside the state, military and paramilitary forces will have to pay fees to the government of Meghalaya.

This was made compulsory after the 2019 Meghalaya Excise Amendment Rules were approved by the Cabinet.

Earlier, the military used to lift liquor from Narengi in Assam, but the excise department did not charge any fees.

“It was also decided that to put fees on liquor brought in by military and paramilitary units to the state,” Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said.

“It has been decided that 40 per cent ad valorem will be levied as well as import fees which is 40 per cent of the fees pay by others be paid by them.”

“It is still concessional but it will lead to some revenue of about one crore and a half for the state,” Sangma said.

The Cabinet also approved the revised rules that now made the excise duty prepaid compulsory for bonds, meaning the bonds are now paying the excise duty when buying from businesses.

The state is currently receiving revenue from excise of around Rs 227 crore, but the target for this year's revenue collection is Rs 250 crore.

“I am hopeful that by the next financial year when the entire things are streamlined, we will see more increase in revenue. In terms of rupees, we are looking at additional revenue of at least Rs 40-50 crore,” the CM said.


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