Excise Department, Government of West Bengal


In what can qualify as a classic case of how a cash-strapped state can augment revenue without adding to the discomfort of taxpayers, West Bengal excise department’s e-Abgari scheme offers a simple online tax filing system that also help the state to track production, distribution and sale of liquor. Duty collection through the e-payment is now 98.2 percent in 2013-14 from nil four years ago. Apart from curbing illicit sale of liquor, e-Abgari has helped the state to almost treble revenue to Rs 3,000 crore in just four years even though liquor sales were up by 50 percent.