The State Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the new excise policy for 2007-2008 that makes liquor a bit costlier in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided over the meeting of the State Cabinet that took a decision in this regard in Lucknow on Wednesday. As per the decision the license fee on the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) has been increased by 20 per cent while the license fee on beer goes up by 15 per cent.
This would make the beer bottle costlier by nearly Rs 2 per bottle.
Under the new policy the allotment of IMFL, country made liquor and the beer shops would be made through renewing the license and also through lottery. The Satte Government is likely to earn an additional revenue of Rs 400 crore from the increase in the license fee.
The State Cabinet also decided to increase the retainership and other allowances payable to the government advocates. As per the decision the retainership of the district government counsels would go up to Rs 3000 per month while the additional district government counsel would get Rs 2400 per month. Assistant district government counsel would be given Rs 2100 per month while the deputy district government counsel would get a retainership of Rs 1800 per month. At the same time the district government counsel would be given Rs 250 per month as the library and stationary allowance while others would get an allowance of Rs 200 per month.
A sum of Rs 500 per case would be paid for drafting, filing of cases and applications etc while a sum of Rs 150 per case would be paid for filing of review applications. A sum of Rs 40,000 would be given for installation of computers etc in every district. The district government counsels would get a sum of Rs 550 per day for arguments. Additional and assistant district government counsels and special advocates would get Rs 500 per day for arguments while deputy district government advocates would be given Rs 425 per day for the purpose.