Medicinal and Toilet Preprations (Excise Duties) Act, 1955 and Rules, 1956

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Alcohol is an important industrial solvent excellent preservative, and a therapeutic agent.


Medicinal and Toilet Preprations (Excise Duties) Act, 1955 and Rules, 1956

Alcohol is an important industrial solvent excellent preservative, and a therapeutic agent. It is, however, likely to be misused and it could be a drug of addiction (euphoric drink). Before enactment of this Act, there was chaotic condition prevailing in the country in relation to price structure of alcohol as a raw material and formulations containing alcohol. Some States were rich in production of alcohol, while others were utilizing this as raw material in manufacture of formulations. In the absence of uniform excise policy, the price structure of alcohol containing medicines was varying from State to State within the country. In order to overcome this difficulty and to ensure that uniform structure of excise duty for alcohol products exists, this Act was enacted.

It is an Act with provision for levy and collection of excise duties on medicinal and toilet preparations containing alcohol, opium, Indian hemp (cannabis) or other narcotic drugs. The Act is effectively implemented throughout India from 151 April, 1957. The Act has 11 Chapters and 21 Sections.

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