" Building of a healthy society in Sri Lanka, which is free from illicit liquor and narcotics drugs. "
The Department of Excise operates under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. It has the legal authority for the implementation of the excise policies of the government and relevant activities including the protection and collection of excise revenue, principally under the Excise Ordinance (Chapter 52 of the Legislative Enactment).
In addition, the authority and responsibility for administration of the Tobacco Tax Act No. 08 of 1999, the collective responsibility for the enforcement of Poisons, Opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance with the Police and other relevant agencies and the responsibility of effecting of National Authority Act No.27 of 2006 on Tobacco & Alcohol are also mandatory functions delegated to the Department. The Department also acts as a principal agency holding the authority for the enforcement of provisions of the above Ordinances, Acts and consequential rules and regulations, notifications, orders and directives. The Department is engaged in performing a national mission providing social security, by collecting a part of government revenue to finance the country’s economic development as well as by preventing and detecting illegal activities of every description falling under the above legislations.
A large scale illicit liquor business that has been maintained in the Muthurajawela Sanctuary, Kaleliya ,Ja-ela for a long period has been raided Excise Officers of the Special Operation Bureau.
An illicit liquor distillery which has been maintained for a quite a long period in the Negombo outfall reserve has been raided and one suspect has been taken into custody with 750 bottles of spirits by the Colombo Special Operation Bureau of the Excise Department.
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