CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government earned Rs 36,013.14 crore from Tasmac, which included Rs 12,125 crore of excise revenue and Rs 9,555.36 crore of VAT (sales tax). Prohibition and excise minister V Senthil Balaji on Wednesday announced an increase in the consolidated pay of Rs 500 to each of the 24,805 supervisors, salesmen and assistant salesmen.
It would incur additional expenditure of Rs 16.67 crore to the exchequer.
Replying to the debate on the demand for the department, the minister said the government had not opened a new outlet ever since it took over.
“There were 5,425 Tasmac outlets when the (DMK) government took over but now we run only 5,380 outlets. No new outlet has been opened by this government.
The shops are being relocated based on the opposition of the locals,” Prohibition and excise minister V Senthil Balaji said. The Tasmac management had suspended 580 staff for selling liquor at a high price.
The enforcement wing had seized 7.76 lakh of illicit distilled arrack and destroyed it last year. At least 1.16 lakh litres of rectified spirit and 25.74 IFML bottles smuggled from other states were also seized.
That apart, 5,685 motor vehicles involved in the prohibition offences were seized. Earlier, CPI MLA (Thally) T Ramachandran said the government should reduce the number of liquor outlets in a phased manner, and the staff should be given alternate jobs.
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