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State excise dept goes digital

PANAJI: The excise department was digitally empowered on Tuesday with the launch of new module of online services for the local liquor industry.

Grant of new licenses, transfer and shifting of existing licenses and cancellation requests will henceforth be at the click of the mouse, said Amit Satija, commissioner of excise.

He said that the online services are part of the e-governance initiative of the state government and under the Goa Excise Management System (GEMS.)

The new module of online application and processing of requests is expected to reduce the clearing time significantly and also bring transparency and accountability in the entire system. The online module includes issue of transport permits from the manufacturer to the wholesaler and from the wholesaler to the retailer. Further it also includes online production and tracking for all manufacturing units located in the state. An online system of enforcement will enable the department to track violations and repeat offences.

The launch of the online system was done at the Secretariat by Parimal Rai, Chief Secretary in the presence of Michael D’Souza, additional secretary finance, Prashant Thete, K Pariselvan with officers of the excise department and NIC.

A senior official said that the online system would make a major difference to the granting of fresh licenses as the forms have to be digitally submitted and only correct applications would be uploaded on the department website.

The initial scrutiny would be at the taluka level officer, said the senior official.  Under the online system, the grant of the new license is to be given not later than 35 days or even earlier if the applicant has all documents in order.

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