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Dr. Uma Sankar S – He is a West Bengal cadre IAS officer of 2011 batch, who also has an MBBS degree. He is presently the Excise Commissioner of West Bengal, he also holds the additional charge of being the Managing Director, West Bengal State Beverages Corporation Ltd, Govt. of West Bengal. A decorated civil servant with 4 National Awards to his credit, the most recent being the Digital India Award of Govt. of India for IT initiatives of West Bengal Excise Directorate. He was the man behind the successful reforms of the Excise Taxation Policy in mid-2020, because of which the revenue grew at the rate of 40% vis-à-vis the previous year and the state could generate around Rs. 2,000 crores in 2020-21. He was the brain behind the introduction of the microbrewery policy in West Bengal, thereafter the demand for beer grew by almost 300%. His strategic interventions at the policy level led to the much wanted ‘premiumization’ in the alco-bev trade. Also West Bengal Excise under his able leadership was the pioneer state to allow online delivery of alcohol.