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Posted at: Mar 14, 2018, 12:49 AM; last updated: Mar 14, 2018, 12:49 AM (IST)

Growth in the Excise Revenue.


ONE of the least satisfactory features in the financial position as dissolved in the Financial Secretary's memorandum is the growth in the receipts from excise. In 1916-17 the amount was over 37 lakhs. In the budget for the ensuing year a further increase of nearly 3 lakhs is anticipated. This increase is explained as being due to "the increasing prosperity of the cultivating classes." The explanation has not satisfied the public. This increased revenue, whatever else it may be due to, must in part at least be due to increased consumption, which raises a presumption that the facilities for drink are also on the increase. It was time public opinion made its influence felt by the powers that be and insisted with a vigour to which Government would have no choice but to yield on the adoption of a policy of rigidly restricting the facilities for obtaining liquor and other intoxicating substances.


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