State excise minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said there have been several cases in various parts of the state where inferior quality liquor has been filled and sold in branded bottles. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
State excise minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said there have been several cases in various parts of the state where inferior quality liquor has been filled and sold in branded bottles. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Scan code on app to check if liquor bottle is genuine

In a first in the country, the Maharashtra government plans to print barcodes on caps of all liquor bottles to plug duty evasion, tackle an annual revenue loss of Rs 1,500-Rs 1,800 crore and prevent duplication of liquor, said excise officials.
By HT Correspondent | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 02:32 AM IST

Is the bottle of liquor you purchased genuine or spurious? You can soon find out through a mobile application which will scan barcodes printed on the caps of liquor bottles.

In a first in the country, the Maharashtra government plans to print barcodes on caps of all liquor bottles to plug duty evasion, tackle an annual revenue loss of Rs 1,500-Rs 1,800 crore and prevent duplication of liquor, said excise officials. Consumers, shop owners and authorities can scan the barcodes with an app to check the authenticity of the liquor. This track-and-trace system will also enable real-time reports on inventory, sales, and revenue.

State excise minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, said there have been several cases in various parts of the state where inferior quality liquor has been filled and sold in branded bottles. “We estimate that the mechanism will plug a revenue loss of nearly Rs 1,800 crore annually,” Bawankule said. The barcode will be printed on caps of all types of liquor, including country liquor, he said. Currently, the state earns a revenue of 15,323 crore through excise duty. With this new mechanism, Bawankule said the revenue will increase by 20% annually.

A senior excise department official said an agency will be appointed to print the barcodes and develop the app. “Manufacturers will have to send the caps to the agency for printing. The barcodes will have details of where the bottle was produced, the date, etc,” the official said.

Bawankule also said tenders for appointment of the printing agency will be floated by August 15. “The mechanism will be implemented in the following six months,” he said. Officials hope the system will help root out the menace of spurious liquor. In the past too, the state had made it mandatory to print hologram stickers on bottles, but there was no way to track origin of a product to ascertain authenticity.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT photo)
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT photo)

Non-cognisable case registered against Fadnavis for 'defaming' deceased woman

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:03 PM IST
The offence was registered under sections 500 (Punishment for defamation) and 501 (Printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) of the Indian Penal Code at Manora police station.
Close
5,754 people were discharged in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of recovered people to 20,30,458.(AP)
5,754 people were discharged in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of recovered people to 20,30,458.(AP)

Maharashtra records less than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases after 5 days

By Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:09 PM IST
  • Nashik division's cumulative case tally stood at 2,92,976 and the death toll at 5,264, the official said.
Close
Anil Deshmukh. (HT file)
Anil Deshmukh. (HT file)

'Cyber sabotage' attempt, says Anil Deshmukh on Mumbai power outage

ANI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:45 PM IST
The New York Times had on Sunday published a report based on the findings of the report.
Close
Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut (ANI)
Maharashtra energy minister Nitin Raut (ANI)

‘When power went out…’: Maharashtra minister Raut on outage in Mumbai

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Nitin Raut, who is the Maharashtra energy minister, was reacting to reports that Chinese-backed hackers were involved in the incident. He had hinted at a ‘sabotage’ day after the 2-hour outage on October 12 last year.
Close
Kangana Ranaut. (HT archive)
Kangana Ranaut. (HT archive)

Bailable warrant issued against Kangana on Javed Akhtar’s complaint

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Ranaut’s lawyer told the court that they wish to challenge the proceedings. However, the lawyer did not file an application seeking exemption for the actress to appear before the court
Close
Kangana Ranaut's advocate Rizwan Siddiquee argued in the court that the summons and process were issued against Ranaut without following the procedure laid down in law and hence, were "bad in law".
Kangana Ranaut's advocate Rizwan Siddiquee argued in the court that the summons and process were issued against Ranaut without following the procedure laid down in law and hence, were "bad in law".

Bailable warrant issued against Kangana Ranaut on Javed Akhtar's complaint

PTI, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Akhtar's advocate Vrinda Grover, however, argued that even if the process is being challenged, Ranaut has to appear before the court as directed, in the absence of any stay on the summons by a higher court.
Close
Representational Image. (HT file)
Representational Image. (HT file)

Mumbai auto, taxi users to pay more for commute from today

By Aroosa Ahmed
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:52 PM IST
The minimum autorickshaw fare (for 1.5 kilometres) is now 21 as opposed to 18 while the same for black and yellow taxis is 25 as opposed to earlier 22
Close
An auto rickshaw moves past coolies wearing face masks outside a railway station.(AP)
An auto rickshaw moves past coolies wearing face masks outside a railway station.(AP)

Mumbai: New fares for auto-rickshaws, taxis come into force

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:48 PM IST
The minimum fare for a distance of 1.5 km for taxis has increased from 22 to 25, while for the auto- rickshaws it has gone up from 18 to 21, RTO officials said.
Close
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Maharashtra: Rape-accused arrested 2 months after he fled from Mumbai hospital

By Vijay Kumar Yadav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:23 AM IST
He is accused of raping a 18-year-old, who had run away from her Punjab home and had come to Mumbai last year. Qureshi befriended her and took her to a room in Nagpada where he forced himself upon her
Close
Rathod's resignation comes amid mounting pressure from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had warned to stall the budget session of the state legislature, beginning on Monday, over the issue.
Rathod's resignation comes amid mounting pressure from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had warned to stall the budget session of the state legislature, beginning on Monday, over the issue.

Sena minister resigns, wants impartial probe

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:54 AM IST
“I have submitted my resignation to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray,” Sena minister Sanjay Rathod told reporters outside Varsha, the CM’s official residence. CM Thackeray said he has accepted the resignation and would hold additional charge of the forest department.
Close
**EDS: RPT, CORRECTS TYPOS** Mumbai: Police personnel guard outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence Antilla, a day after explosives were found in an abandoned car in its vicinity, in Mumbai on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_26_2021_000163A)(PTI)
**EDS: RPT, CORRECTS TYPOS** Mumbai: Police personnel guard outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence Antilla, a day after explosives were found in an abandoned car in its vicinity, in Mumbai on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_26_2021_000163A)(PTI)

Cops continue hunt for suspects as CCTV footage provides little clues

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:51 AM IST
On the afternoon of February 25, the Scorpio was found abandoned on Carmichael Road, around 600 metres away from Mukesh Ambani's residence. Twenty loose gelatin sticks were found in the car, although there was no timer or detonation device.
Close
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray during an interaction with the media, in Mumbai, Sunday. (PTI Photo )
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray during an interaction with the media, in Mumbai, Sunday. (PTI Photo )

Don't want to impose lockdown but 'majboori' is also something: Maharashtra CM

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:34 AM IST
Maharashtra had been witnessing an upsurge in Covid-19 cases for the last few days.
Close
 (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Annus horribilis: Maharashtra’s first Covid-19 patient recalls ordeal

By Steffy Thevar, Pune
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:59 AM IST
After the Awatis tested positive, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) sealed all areas in a 3-km radius, a move that scared many and contributed to the Awatis being blamed on social media for bringing the coronavirus into the city.
Close
An artist paints a wall at Matunga, stressing the need for Covid-appropriate behaviour, on Sunday. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
An artist paints a wall at Matunga, stressing the need for Covid-appropriate behaviour, on Sunday. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

Maharashtra crosses 8,000 new Covid cases for fifth day in row

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:32 AM IST
Maharashtra on Sunday recorded more than 8,000 Covid-19 new cases for the fifth consecutive day, while Mumbai reported more than 1,000 cases again, after a day’s gap.
Close
A fisherman in his boat in hazy weather off Bandra coast in Mumbai on Sunday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
A fisherman in his boat in hazy weather off Bandra coast in Mumbai on Sunday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Mumbai temperatures rise to match season’s highest at 36.3°C

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:28 AM IST
The city observed a warm Sunday as maximum temperatures rose significantly owing to hot and dry northwesterly winds. Temperature likely to remain similar on Monday.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP