" 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.
An illicit business of liquor run locally and internationally could be caught by the Bureau of Special Operations, Excise Head Office, Colombo on 19.06.2013.
843 raids related to major liquor and drug racketeers were carried and Rs. 5,888,000.00 was charged for the first 6 months in the year 2013 by the Bureau of Special Operations, Colombo.
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