Continuing the trend of increase in revenue through the sale of liquor in the district, the excise and taxation department will be earning Rs 41 crore more in 2014-15 fiscal than that that of the financial year ending March 31.
The draw of lots for granting licences for as many as 521 liquor vends, including 125 of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and 396 of Punjab made liquor (PML) in the district, was held here on Saturday. The department has earned Rs 2.40 crore from as many as 617 application forms received for the allotment of vends.
Compared to Rs 147.70-crore revenue through liquor sale in the district this fiscal, the department will be earning Rs 188.35 crore in the next financial year.
The district’s liquor revenue has been witnessing an upwards trend for the past six financial years.
In the 2008-09 fiscal, the revenue was Rs 57.45 crore; in 2009-10, it went up to Rs 64.25 crore; in 2010-11 fiscal Rs 82.32 crore; in 2011-12 Rs 114.28 crore and in 201213 it increased to Rs 137. 83 crore.
The rise in the consumption of liquor in the district is also reflected from the considerable increase in the number of vends and rise in liquor quota.
There were 356 vends in the district in 2008-09 fiscal and the number has increased to 521 for 2014-15. The IMFL quota in 200809 was 8,96,369 proof liters (PLs) while that of PML was 3,236,695 PLs. The same has increased to 11,66,221 PLs for IMFL and 64,56,216 for PML. One case of IMFL is equal to 6.75 PL liquor whereas a similar case of PML is equal to 4.5 PLs of liquor.
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner ( AETC) GS Tiwana said that in the new fiscal, no liquor vend will be allowed to function along the national highway according to the guidelines of the Punjab and Haryana high court. Tiwana said that the quota of PML has been raised by 3.26% and of IMFL by 2.27% for the next financial year in the district.
He said that 2% of the licence fee for vends in the municipal corporation area and 1% for vends in rural areas and municipal committees had to be deposited on the spot while 5% of the fee will be deposited within 48 hours of allotting the vends and 15% within one week at the time of allotment of zones.
Faridkot MLA’S sons get major share of vends
A total of 55 IMFL and 202 desi liquor vends located in over 13 circles of the district were allotted here through the draw of lots. The firms reportedly owned by two sons of Faridkot MLA Deep Malhotra got a major share by retaining about 5 circles.
“About 43% share of the liquor business in the district has gone to the firms of Malhotra.
The licence fee for the two zones of Kotkapura alone is about Rs 22 crore while the Malhotras and their associates have been successful in retaining a business of about Rs 40 crore out of the total of about Rs 92 crore in the district,” claimed a source wishing not to be named.
The two zones of Kotkapura urban, a major town of the district with a population of over 85,000 went in favour of Malhotras besides one zone of Faridkot, and two other circles Kotkapura Khara and Faridkot Sadak while the draw of nine other circles was drawn in favour of other parties. The department earned about Rs 92.23 crore from the auction of the liquor vends for 2013-14, 25% more than that of the last year.
The department had received about 383 applications, nearly half of them were online and it earned Rs 2.06 crore revenue as fee from the applicants.
The allotment was made at a palace in Faridkot by the excise and taxation department under the supervision of Mohammad Tayyab, deputy commissioner, who conducted the first draw for Panjgrain Kalan circle, which went to Kuldeep Singh. Faridkot MLA has no draw in his own name in the district.
27% revenue increase in Sangrur
Registering an increase of 27% in revenue, the liquor vends in the district earned Rs 221.31 crore for the Punjab excise and taxation department here during this fiscal. The draw for a total of 716 vends, including 464 PML and 252 IMFL, for 2014-15 was held here.
ADC Pritam Singh Johal; additional excise and taxation commissioner Surinder Kaur Riara and assistant excise and taxation commissioner Pawan Garag supervised the draw.
Excise inspector Manoj Kumar said, “An increase of 26.73 per cent has been registered in the revenue which this year reached Rs 221.31 crore against Rs 174 crore last year, despite reduction in the number of liquor vends to 716 from 719 of last year.”
He said that Rs 3.84 crore has been earned from application fee from applicants.
Asked about the auction of four vends on the NH-64 against the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, he said that the auction has been held for of all liquor vends, but the decision about shifting these vends located near Shivam Hotel Uchi Puli, Patiala bypass, Haripura road, in shops near Bhagat Singh Chowk on NH-64 will be taken later.
Rs 40cr rise in revenue of Ferozpur, Fazilka
The auction of liquor vends for country-made as well as English wine of Ferozepur and Fazilka districts was conducted here. The districts earned Rs 182 crore this fiscal, an increases of about Rs 40 crore over the revenue of the last year.
The draw of lots was conducted under the supervision of Manjit Singh Narang, deputy commissioner of Ferozepur. As many as 2,306 applicants participated.