Starting April 1, buying liquor in Haryana would get costlier as VAT on alcohol has been revised from 4 per cent to 8 per cent with surcharge.
The new excise policy announced by the state on Wednesday for the financial year 2015-16, has marginally increased and rationalised the price of alcohol.
A new concept of modern liquor shops is being introduced to cater to the demand of urban consumers. These shops would be swanky, air-conditioned with hi-end range of whiskies, scotches, wine and beer.
The Excise and Taxation Department will chose locations for setting up of liquor vends having high revenue potential in Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) areas and Haryana tourist complexes for which the rent will be paid by the department.
In the new policy, the maximum number of retail outlets has been kept at the same level of 3,500 as in the year 2014-15. Apart from this, e-tendering has been introduced for the first time for allotment of retail outlets. No vends would be allowed in the villages where Kanya Gurukul were situated.
While the participation fee for bidders has been reduced from Rs. 25,000 per vend to Rs. 10,000 per vend to encourage participation, the percentage of fixed quota of country liquor has been enhanced from 25 per cent to 40 per cent to be equally divided amongst all distilleries.
Wholesale license of country liquor will be granted both to retail licensees as well as the distilleries. In the case of wholesale license of IMFL, the licenses will be granted to the retail licensees giving maximum revenue.
The license fee of the distilleries has been rationalised by linking the same to their installed capacities. Online system of issuance of permits and passes from distilleries is being developed which will be introduced during 2015-16.
In order to streamline the bidding process and to make it more transparent, the department has decided to introduce e-tendering for allotting the liquor vends under the Excise Policy 2015-16. Under the e-tendering, prospective licensees have to sign up themselves on www.haryanatax.com. Licensees have to register themselves for submitting the bids for each district by creating corpus of EMD and participation fees.
On receiving the registration ID, the licensee will be able to submit the bid online.
The highest bidder of each group will be declared successful. In case of a tie among the highest bidders, the successful bidder will be decided by draw of lots.