License required for toddy tapping once again

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The Finance and Mass Media Ministry today said obtaining a license for toddy tapping for  coconut and palmyrah trees has been made mandatory once again.

However, toddy tapping from the Kithul tree has been exempted from the provision. It said the license could be obtained from the Excise Department and Divisional Secretaries.

According to the Excise Ordinance, a license was earlier required for toddy tapping. However, it was later amended in 2013 by exempting Kithul, Palmyrah and Coconut trees from the licensing system.

In a statement, the ministry said due to the amendment, the Excise Department had faced difficulties in monitoring the volume of liquor produced from toddy by distilleries for the purpose of collecting excise duty.

According to the new amendment, no toddy shall be drawn or lowered from coconut or palmyrah trees without a license.

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  • ANTON Tuesday, 31 October 2017 03:49 PM

    NOW POLICE CAN HAVE FREE TODDY ALSO.

    ceylon Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:19 PM

    stupid.looting money by government.poor people taking risk the life to climb for living from their trees for this soft wine.no tax for kudu but tax for this. via DM Android App

    Arnold Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:54 PM

    The policemen say a BIG thank you.

    Mamba Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:17 PM

    No need to panic!Rule is, toddy shouldn't be drawned or lowered from Tree. you can go up and drink directly. no license required

    Kumar Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:20 PM

    Idiotic politicians,they simply follow the West and think that adding rules and regulations in every aspect of life is a sign of progress.

    Analyser Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:43 PM

    Some ministers are slowly spoiling the government image based on their hidden agenda. They want to stop Ranil coming for presidential election next time

    lkboy Tuesday, 31 October 2017 07:40 PM

    What can these poor people pay?

    Kadiya Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:45 AM

    A 'ra katta,' that's all they can afford!

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:09 PM

    Is it for toddy each tapper or each tree or land owner. it was on colonial days.

    robert Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:09 PM

    This is pre plan agenda to stop selfincome of poor north east peoples

    Yeti Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:48 AM

    Toddy tappers risk their lives walking from tree to tree balancing on flimsy ropes; now they have to have a license to do it. What a life!

    Namal Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:52 AM

    I don't have to worry, I drink only whisky.


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