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69 taluks declared illicit-liquor-free

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Bangalore: Minister for Excise M.P. Renukachayra has claimed that 69 taluks in the State have become free from illicit-liquor- menace during the last one year and the district and the divisional-levels officials have been instructed to eliminate 830 illicit liquor manufacturing units.

Addressing presspersons after holding a meeting with officials and inspectors of the department here on Thursday, he said there were 1,970 illicit liquor manufacturing centres in different parts of the State and of them 1,140 centres have been wiped out during the last one year.

Most of the centres producing spurious liquor are located in Belguam, Bagalkot and Bijapur districts.

The Minister said 138 kg of ganja was seized and 132 persons have been arrested during the last one year. A new check-post has been set up at Kankumbi on the Belguam-Goa border to prevent illegal transport of liquor and Carbohydrate powder used to manufacture liquor. With this, the department has established three-check posts on the Karnataka- Belgaum border.

Toddy and chloral hydrate were being illegally transported from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh to Bidar, Gulbarga and Raichur districts. Steps have been taken to check illegal movement of liquor from other States, he said.

The revenue target has been fixed at Rs. 9,200 crore for 2011-12 against collection of Rs. 8,134 crore in the previous year.

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