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Government earns Rs.7441.44 crore in 2006-07

CHENNAI: The government has garnered Rs.7441.44 crore from the sale of Indian Made Foreign Spirit (IMFS) and Beer in 2006-07, compared to Rs.6030.77 in 2005-06.

In fact, ever since the government took over the retail liquor trade, it has recorded a steep increase in revenue each year, says the policy note on Prohibition and Excise presented to the Assembly here on Wednesday.

The total number of cases of IMFS sold had grown from 229.22 (19.86 crore litres) in 2005-06 to 271.54 (23.87 crore litres) in 2006-07. There are six IMFS manufacturing units and three Beer manufacturing units in the State. They supply to the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, which operates the retail liquor trade in the State.

The government is considering a proposal to computerise TASMAC operations in retail shops in a phased manner.

This will help in ensuring proper accounting of cash and in the transmission of sales data on a daily basis to the depots. Also, online monitoring of stocks and inventory could be made quicker.

Members who touched on the liquor trade wanted the process of counselling for transfer introduced for retail liquor vending staff since many of them were posted far away from their hometowns. They also should be given regular hours of work.

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