You’ll have to shell out more for purchasing liquor as its minimum retail price of liquor has been rationalised by the state government. Renewing licence has also become pricier as the annual license fee of bars has been increased from Rs 12.5 lakh to Rs 15 Lakh in Gurgaon. These are part of the state’s excise policy for fiscal 2017-’18 that was announced by Haryana excise and taxation minister Capt. Abhimanyu Singh in Chandigarh on Sunday.
The licence fee in Faridabad has also been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12 lakh and from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh in other districts of the state.
“Chief Minister, (Manohar Lal Khattar) has approved this policy. The flexible norms will ensure ease of doing business and the policy itself is aimed at boosting the revenue collection of the state,” Capt Abhimanyu said.
However, the changes in annual license fee rates had little effect on the city’s bar-owners who said they had been used to paying such prices.
“Two or three years ago, the rates of renewing annual license fee was also raised to Rs 15 lakh. Hence, the increase in rates is not a deterrent and will not affect our business much,” Vikram Rana, owner and director of Vapour Pub & Brewery at Megacity Mall, said
The excise minister also added that VAT rates on liquor has been revised from existing 10 per cent to 13 per cent for country liquor, 13.5 per cent for beer and 14 per cent for Indian-made foreign liquor. The government has also rationalised the duty on supply of liquor through Canteen Stores Department and placed similar rates as the ones that apply in Punjab.
To effectively check illegal sale and smuggling of liquor, Capt Abhimanyu added that an enforcement wing would be set up by the department.
One of the highlights of the new policy is the mandatory issuing of bill by licensees for each sale of above Rs 1,000, and in case of sale of lesser amount, a licensee will have to issue a bill if the customer desires.