Haryana excise policy challenged, HC issues notice to government

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2015 20:58 IST

A non-government organization (NGO), Arrive Safe Society has challenged the excise policy laid out of by the Haryana government for the year 2015-16.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notice of motion to Haryana government on the petition of the NGO, wherein, the petitioner has sought quashing the excise policy and also asked that the government be directed not to auction any liquor vends accessible or visible from the national or state highways and service lanes abutting them. The petitioner has alleged that in the excise policy the exact location of the proposed liquor vends had not been disclosed by the government.

A perusal of list of liquor vends would reveal that the proposed liquor vends were still on the same location on national or state highways, despite directions by the high court regarding non-accessibility or visibility from national or state highways and abutting service lanes.

The entire policy nowhere mentioned the factum of accessibility or visibility rather was asking the proposed vendor to set up the vend in the busiest of places i.e. near railway crossings/ petrol pumps/ movie theatres/ IT park/ market area/ toll barriers/ residential societies etc., the petitioner has submitted.

The petitioner further argues that it was only in case of modern shops, yet to be constructed that the licensee had been directed to issue machine generated invoices. Other vends were to be allowed to operate without billing/ invoices, leaving the revenue of the state in lurch. It was not only the pricing which was different among two liquor vends rather the quality also differs. Because of no checks and balances, and there being no accountability of the liquor vendor spurious liquor was sold to the consumer in identical packaging, putting the lives of the consumers at peril, the petitioner has argued.

The computerized billing would help in boosting revenue to the state, which could be used in other welfare programs, so it should be made compulsory for all the vends. All the liquor vends should have permanent structures, the petitioner has submitted.

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