Haryana unveiled the States Excise Policy for the year 2018-19

Mar 05, 2018 14:55 | Haryana

Chandigarh March 5: Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Excise and Taxation, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal today unveiled the State’s Excise Policy for the year 2018-19 announcing an increase in the basic quota of Country Liquor (CL) from 950 lakh proof litres to 1000 lakh proof litres   and of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from 550 lakh proof litres to 600 lakh proof litres.
          Mr Kaushal who was addressing a press conference here today said that however, the number of retail outlets for CL and IMFL would remain the same as 2017-18. He said that the Export Duty on CL has been reduced from Rs. 1.5 to Rs. 0.50.
          Mr Kaushal said that under the new policy, the licencee has been allowed to convert maximum 10 per cent of his CL quota to IMFL quota. He said that the Excise duty, this year, on CL has been increased from Rs 28 to Rs 44 per PL whereas, on IMFL, it   has been increased from Rs 44-200 per PL to Rs 49-210 per PL. However, there is no hike in the annual fee of bar licenses in the form of L-4 and L-5 granted to restaurants and hotels of three star ratings and above, he added.
          He said that for the purpose of allotment, the zone would comprise of maximum number of six retail outlets with freedom to open either six composite vends consisting of IMFL/CL or IMFL vend exclusively or CL vend exclusively. The policy on sub vends would be the same as last year, he said adding that the allotment of zones would be made by e-tendering.  He said that the condition with regard to grant of Bar Licenses to Golf Clubs and other categories has been relaxed so as to allow them to open anywhere in the State. On the request of Japanese Company, Pub licences would be allowed in Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar.
          He said that the Minimum Retail Price (MRP) of country liquor is proposed at Rs. 140 per bottle and it has been made mandatory for all the retail licensees to issue an invoice for sale of liquor. He said that for environment protection, the distilleries would provide 20 per cent quota in Glass bottles for Country Liquor as an institutional measure. Apart from this, Aadhar Card Number has been made mandatory for applicants for L-2 and L-14A.
          He  said that Rs. one  per bottle of CL, IMFL or Beer sold in the State would be utilised for the promotion of sports activities whereas, Rs. 3, Rs. 5 and Rs. 7 respectively for every bottle of Beer, CL and IMFL sold would be transferred to Panchayati Raj Institutions for development activities in the rural areas. The distribution of these funds would be in the ratio of 70:20:10 for Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads. Apart from this,  keep in view the interest of the people, it has been decided that the license for serving liquor for one day during function at commercial places like banquet halls would be granted online, he added.
          Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mrs Ashima Brar was also present on this occasion.