Minister for Department
Secretary to the Government
STATE EXCISE is one of the major contributors of revenue to the exchequer of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. During the French regime the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks has not come under any ban. The administration itself established a distillery more than 100 years ago in Ariyankuppam for supply of arrack which was subsequently shifted to Beach Road Pondicherry. The same has been shifted to Ariyapalayam as a bottling and blending unit since 1998. The wholesale and retail sale of liquor was permitted only under license. The Territory’s economy depended to a large extent on the income accruing from duties on alcoholic beverages.
The tax on arrack, toddy and liquors in the Territory came to be governed by various deliberations, decrees and arrêtes until 10 June 1970, on which date, the Pondicherry Excise Act, 1970 came into force in the Territory.
To provide for a uniform law relating to regulation of production, manufacture, possession, import, export, transport, purchase and sale of liquor and intoxicating drugs and the levy of duties of excise thereon in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, the Pondicherry Excise Act 1970 was enacted. In the same year Pondicherry Excise Rules, 1970 were also made there under.
The Excise Department functions under the control of Excise Commissioner who is also Secretary (Excise). The Excise Commissioner is assisted by the Deputy Commissioner (Excise), Puducherry at Headquarters and the Deputy Collectors of outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, who are notified as Deputy Commissioner (Excise), in respect of their regions . The Deputy Commissioner (Excise), Puducherry is also declared as Under Secretary (Revenue), who functions under the direct control of Secretary (Excise).