TASMAC makes bills mandatory at its outlets

Following several complaints about liquor being sold at higher prices in TASMAC outlets, a circular has been sent to all shops stating that proper bill should be given for every sale.

The circular mentioned that details such as the shop number, date, name of the liquor, quantity and price should be mentioned.

Elite outlets of The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (Tasmac), the State-run liquor retail monopoly, had been reportedly overcharging tipplers and, in many cases, refusing to issue receipts.

According to several customers, the salesmen were charging between ₹10-₹25 more per bottle. It was claimed that on an average a few shops make ₹5,000-₹10,000 per day by levying such additional charges.

A2017-18 audit report of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac), which has the sole liquor vending rights in the State, has found various discrepancies including non-provision of bills, collection of licence fees for certain bars even though a tender process is yet to be finalised, a need for follow-up on cash misappropriation and cash theft among others.

The Madras High Court recently ordered the concerned authorities to immediately close all illegal bars across Tamil Nadu and file a report by February 20.

Expressing surprise over a submission made on behalf of the state government, which stated that 3,326 FIRs had been against illegal bars, the court directed the home, prohibition and excise department secretary to shut them all forthwith.