CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh excise and taxation department faces governance challenges and potential revenue leakages due to lack of track and trace solution. To address these concerns, the department has now decided to engage a consultant to help it design a comprehensive track and trace solution for management of excise supply chain besides monitoring and control of manufacturing, distribution and sale of liquor in the state.
The project management consultant (PMC) will provide assistance and handholding to the department for finalisation of the project concept, technology selection, market assessment, proposed project scoping, phasing and implementation plan for bidding of project components, firming up of bid parameters for selection of implementing agency, project implementation and monitoring.
The PMC will be tasked with preparing inception report and completing bidding documents, including request for proposal (RFP) for selection of the agency taking up the project.
The PMC will also develop a financial model to capture various scenarios for cost and revenue streams, ascertain financial viability of projects identified, based on best use option studies.
It will supervise and provide support to the department in successful and effective implementation of the project by the potential developer (successful bidder). PMC will monitor implementation up to the “go live” stage of the project.
The period of consultancy will be about six months from the date of agreement between the department and PMC. It may be extended based on mutual consent.
In the Chandigarh excise policy for the coming financial year, the department has provided for implementation of “track & trace” system to stop liquor smuggling.
Holograms/Intaglio printed security labels with holograms on packing/bottles of country liquor, Indian Made Foreign Liquor and Imported Foreign Liquor (excluding Beer, Wine, Champagne, Liqueurs and RTD etc.) will be mandatorily affixed by the licensee at the time of bottling and labelling of liquor bottles. The cost of compliance of the track and trace system will be borne by licensees as notified.