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2 days before deadline, no liquor vend registered under food safety act

Vandana Singh, PTI  Ludhiana, February 02, 2014
First Published: 22:26 IST(2/2/2014) | Last Updated: 22:29 IST(2/2/2014)

Though liquor is under the ambit of Food and Safety Standards Act, 2011, as a beverage, not a single liquor vend in the city has come forward for getting registration or licence till date.

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Last date for getting licence and registration under the act is February 4.

Under the Food Safety Act, the health department can check for adulteration in liquor as well. The district health department has several parameters to check adulteration in varieties of liquor.

Noticing the poor response from liquor vends in the registration process, Punjab Health Service Corporation director Hussan Lal has written a letter to all district health officers (DHO) informing them of liquor vends falling in the purview of the act and to take action against vends not getting registered by February 4.

Therefore, DHO Dr Abnash Kumar wrote to district excise and taxation department, but still no liquor vend has been registered.

Dr Abnash Kumar said, "We got some queries from liquor shop owners, but they were not inclined towards getting registration or licence, and the last date is approaching."

Ludhiana assistant excise and taxation commissioner Rajwinder Kaur said the department would surely take action against the defaulters.

There are nearly 300 liquor shops in the city and an equal number in its periphery. Around 15 liquor vends come under the L1 category (wholesaler) which comprises businesses with a turnover of over Rs. 30 crore. These wholesalers will have to get registration from the central authority.

According to sources, most of the liquor vends are functioning on contract basis, and their contract would end on March 31. Therefore, they were not interested in getting registration.

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg said the liquor vends had to pay Rs. 2,000 for getting licence, but they had shown no interest. He revealed that till now department had done registration of nearly 10,000 food operators and nearly 1,600 had got licence.

All food businesses with an annual turnover of above Rs. 12 lakh require a licence, while those having sale below Rs. 12 lakh need to get registered.

Chemist shops also need to get registration under the act as they sell many food items. Besides, hotels, restaurants, canteens, dhabas, food carts, sweet shops, tea stalls, grocery stores and milk vendors also fall under the act.

Fee structure per annum

Registration fee: Rs. 100

If the turnover is above Rs. 30 crore, the licence is issued by the Central Licensing Authority, and if it is below Rs. 30 crore, then the State Licensing Authority issues it. It's mandatory to get licence if turnover is above Rs. 12 lakh

Fee for licence issued by Central Licensing Authority: Rs. 7,500

Fee for licence issued by State Licensing Authority

Manufacturer or miller: Rs. 3,000- 5,000

Hotels (3 star and above): Rs. 5,000

All food service providers, including restaurants/boarding houses, clubs, canteens (schools, colleges, office, institutions), caterers, banquet halls with food catering arrangements, and food vendors like dhabas or any other food business operator: Rs. 2000

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