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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

Out of the 74 liquor licences issued in 2018, 68 0f them were issued in Jaffna district alone

Colombo, 16 July, (

Out of the total of Seventy four (74) new liquor licenses issued island wide, a total of 68 of them alone were issued in the Jaffna district for the year 2018.

The above statistics were published in the Excise Department’s 2018 performance report presented to Parliament this week.

According to the Department’s performance report, this is the second largest jump in the number of new liquor licenses issued by the Excise Department since 2006. In 2014, 83 new licenses were issued. The number dropped significantly since then to 52 in 2015; 38 in 2016; and ten in 2017 before the sharp rise last year.

Department’s performance report also shows that tax revenue has fallen since 2017, recording a 6.87 percent decrease. But it picked up again last year, showing a negligible 0.8 percent increase from Rs 113,027 billion to Rs 113,936 billion.

There is a difference of Rs 900 between a proof litre of hard liquor and of malt liquor (beer), the report says. It observes that consumers of hard liquor have shifted to beer consumption owing to decrease of tax on malt liquor. Hard liquor income fell due to a decline in production after prices were increased.

Meanwhile, one licence issued for the manufacturing of cigarettes and 521 licences issued for beedi, cigars and pipe tobacco were renewed in 2018. Tax on imported tobacco has decreased by 30.9 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, the report adds.

The total number of detection of illicit liquor and drugs during 2018 was 49,312. This was an increase of 830 detection compared to the previous year. The Department collected Rs 253,629,165 in fines from detections last year.

Recently, Excise Department Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe, reported to have said, We are planning to inform entrepreneurs and those who are interested in the hotel industry on how to apply for an Excise License and the qualifications that are needed for the purpose.”

“Since tourism and its related services are a very important factor in gaining foreign exchange to the country and creating local job opportunities, we are hoping to give the correct guidelines to those who willing to apply for a liquor license and also to entertain duly completed submissions and see whether we could grant them a license as per the provisions of the Excise Ordinance,” he said.

- Asian Tribune -

Out of the 74 liquor licences issued in 2018, 68 0f them were issued in Jaffna district alone
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