Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
Liquor sales grew almost tenfold in Odisha in last 15 years under BJD rule. Excise revenue has grown 22 fold during the same period. If the government projection for year 2016-17 materializes, the revenue growth would be whopping 29 fold as compared to year 1999-2000.
These were the numbers Odisha Excise Minister Damodar Rout presented to the Assembly in reply to an unstarred question of Rourkela MLA Dillip Ray.
As per the detailed statistics presented by Rout, while 46.20 lakh litres of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) were lifted for sale in 1999-2000, the volume grew to 455.70 litres in year 2015-16. Similarly, while 54.43 litres of beer were lifted in 1999-2000, the volume grew to 485.43 litres in 2015-16.
The sale of country spirit and out-still (OS) liquor also grew at a rapid pace. Although the minister didn’t present any data pertaining to sales of country spirit in 1999-2000, the volume was 45.88 lakh litres in 2004-05 and it grew to 102.62 lakh litres in 2015-16. In case of OS liquor, the sales volume was 71.01 lakh litres in 1999-2000 and it grew to 602.72 lakh litres in 2015-16.
Overall growth in sales volume between 1999-2000 and 2015-16 was close to ten (9.59) fold under the watch of Biju Janata Dal Government that came to power for the first time on March 5, 2000 and have been continuing ever since.
Overall growth in revenue also increased at a blistering pace during the period.
While Rs 114.81 crore was collected in 1999-2000, it grew to Rs 2568.67 crore in 2015-16. The Government has further set itself an ambitious target to achieve Rs 3,300 crore as excise revenue during 2016-17, said Rout in his reply.