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Assistant Commissioner [Excise]
Ground Floor
Collectorate Master Complex
Nagappattinam 611 011
District Collectorate

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prohibition and excise Department

The Prohibition and Excise Department Department is a major revenue earning department of the State and one of the following 4 Wings under the Administrative control of the Secretary, Home, Prohibition & Excise Department the Government of Tamil Nadu

  1. Commissionerate of Prohibition and Excise headed by Commissioner of Prohibition & Excise
  2. The Prohibition Enforcement Wing headed by Additional Director General of Police
  3. The Narcotics Intelligence Bureau (NIB) headed by Superintendent of Police
  4. The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) headed by Managing Director.

The Commissioner of Prohibition and Excise is empowered to administer and monitor the various provisions of Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act 1937 and the rules made under Section 54 of the above Act.

  1. This department is known as 'PROHIBITION AND EXCISE' Department. Originally it was 'EXCISE' Department only. The concept of 'PROHIBITION' came in the late 30s. the Excise history dates back to the year, 1864 when Act III of 1864 was enforced in the major portion of the agency tracts of the Ganjam, Visakapatinam (VIZAGAPATINAM) and Gothavari Districts of the composite Madras State. This Act III of 1864 was ame nded by Madras Act V of 1879. For the first time the traffic in liquor and intoxica ting drugs prepared from the HEMP plant was regulated under the provisions of the Madras Abkari (Act I of 1986) 1886, which was late r amended by Madras Act I of 1905 and extended throughout the Madras Presidency barring the major portion of the agency tracts of Ganjam, Visakapattinam and Gothavari Districts mentioned above.
  2. The State administration, at the tim e of independence had four Senior Civil servants known as Members who collectively constituted the Board of Revenue. Though each member had distinct subjects under his control, the system 5 of Board resulted in the collective decisions called Board decisions (i.e.) all the Members joining and deciding important issues after meticulous examination. At that time the subject 'EXCISE' was administered by a Deputy Commissioner under the control of Board Members dealing with Commercial Taxes. In the year 1965 the Prohibition and Excise was separated from the Comme rcial Taxes and a fifth member was appointed in the Board to deal exclusively with Prohibition and Excise. In the year, 1980 (1.12.1980) Government abolished the Board, under Section 2 of the Tamil Nadu Board of Revenue Abolition Act, 1980, (Tamil Nadu Act XXXVI of 1980) and renamed the members as Commissioners who became independent entities over the subjects dealt with by them. As a result of this, the Commissioner for 'PROHIBITION AND EXCISE' came into existence in the year, 1981 (20.6.1981).
  3. The PROHIBITION policy came to be diluted when it was first suspended on 30th August, 1971 when I.M.F.L., Arrack and Toddy Shops were opened for the first time throughout the State, after about a quarter century of strict enforcement of prohibition. On 31 st August, 1973 the policy was slightly modified and Toddy shops were closed. In September, 1974 the sale of arrack was stopped. In 1974 the sale of Arrack and IMFL was stopped and only the permit holders were allowed to buy IMFL from specified places. In May, 1981 the prohibition policy underwent another change and the sale of Toddy and Arrack was again introduced and licenced. Manufacture of I.M.F.L. products was permitted in the State in private and join t sectors during the years, 1982-84. During July, 1983, the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) Limited., came into existence and took over the entire wholesale trade of I.M.F.L. and Arrack within the State. The sale and consumption of Arrack and Toddy was again prohibited with effect from 1.1.1987. In the year 1989 the Tamil Nadu Spirit Corporation (TASCO) Limited, was formed with the purpose of manufacturing Indian Made Foreign Spirits(I.M.F.S.) and Beer. However it started making Beer only in 1990 after taking over Empee Breweries. The manufacture and sale of country liquor was reintroduced in 1990 and TASCO was entrusted with the manufacture of Country Liquor. With effect from 16.7.1991, the manufacture, sale and consumption of country liquor was again discontinued in pursuance of the policy of the Government.
  4. In order to completely eliminate the sale of contraband, spurious and non- duty paid liquor and to augment the excise revenue to the Government, the exclusive privilege of retail vending of IMFS, were granted to the TASMAC w.e.f. 29.11.2003. The Tamil Nadu Liquor (retail vending) Rules, 1989 and the Tamil Nadu Liquor ( Retail Vending in Bar) Rules, 2002 were repealed by amending the Act vide Tamil Nadu Act 31 of 2003. The Government have framed the Tamil Nadu Liquor Retail Vending ( in shops and Bars) so as to carry out the purposes of the Tamil Nadu Act 31/2003. Now all the IMFL retail outlets are run by the TASMAC, in the whole State of Tamil Nadu, by virtue of grant of licence to them with reference to Tamil Nadu Liquor ( Retail Vending) ( in shops and Bars) Rules, 2003.
  5. The Prohibition and Excise Department is mainly responsible for the implementation of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act. 1937, and the various rules made thereunder from time to time. Even though the Government of India have de-controlled the molasses and alcohol production, regulation of possession, sale and use of both molasses and alcohol continue to be essentially administered by the State Government under Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act, 1937.
    1. The objective / purpose of the public authority under this Chapter is to educate the public about the organizati onal set up of the Public Department, its various functions enumerated under the Acts and Rules and the Duties and Responsibilities of the Public Information Officers.
    2. The Mission / Vision of the Public Auth ority is to formulate and implement the various Rules and Regulations under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act, 8 1937 and Tamil Nadu Prohibition and Excise Manual for the use of the General Public as envisaged in the Right to information Act 2005.
    3. The Commissioner of Prohibition and Excise is the licensing authority for issue of F.L. Series R.L. licences, D.L.2 licences, Indian Made Foreign Spirit / Beer manufacturing licences duly assisted by Joint Commissioner-I, and Joint Commissioner-II and Assi stant Commissioners I to IV.
    4. The Powers and the Duties of the Public Authorities in this Department are broadly outlined under Chapter -3 of the Manual.
    5. The main activities / functions of the Public Authorities in this Department is to grant licences /permits under the various Rules and Acts and earn highest sizable revenue to the State Exchequer and implement the Tamil Nadu Prohibition Act, 1937 in its stringent form.
    The interested Public is being assisted in getting application forms and in knowing procedures for obtaining licences / permits under various rules of this Departrment. They are also imparted about the safeguards / precautions to be undertaken by them for getting renewal of the licences without violation of Rules and Regulations.