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OPERATION RED ROSE

OPERATION RED ROSE

Context:

Operation Red Rose belongs to Punjab. Now, after a year-and-a-half later, through the use of specific tracking and surveillance systems under Operation Red Rose to detect illegal screening and trafficking of alcohol, the results in terms of the number of suspects booked for a crime, convictions and rise in revenues are encouraging.

Key Highlights:

  • The department has used a number of technologies such as flow meters in bottling plants, GPS-enabled transport vehicles, QR code-based passes, and e-transit passes to curb different modules of excise theft, which include the direct supply of liquor from the manufacturing unit without paying excise duty; liquor smuggling from neighbouring States etc.
  • Rajat Agarwal, Punjab’s Excise Commissioner informed that our conviction rate for 2021-22 (till April-August) is 90%, which in 2019-20 was at around 67%; and in 2020-21, the conviction rate was 77%.

About Operation Red Rose:

  • In 2020, Punjab’s Excise Department launched Operation Red Rose to stop the sale of illegal alcohol and nail excise-related crimes.
  • A 30-member anti-smuggling cell has been constituted.
  • Close coordination is also being kept with the excise department to stop the smuggling of liquor.

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