New liquor policy will promote entrepreneurship, says UP minister
The UP government will soon float a global e-tender under the new policy so that anyone who wants to come into the liquor business no matter if he has experience or not can take part in the online tendering process and run retail shops in each district.noida Updated: Jan 25, 2018 13:02 IST
Excise minister Jai Pratap Singh on Wednesday said the new Excise Policy 2018-19 approved by the UP cabinet on Tuesday will enable entrepreneurs to foray into the liquor business, unlike before when a few had monopoly over the business.
The new policy provides for district wise wholesale licences instead of zonal licences and scrapping of the privileged Meerut special zone comprising districts of west Uttar Pradesh.
With the new excise policy in place, the state government expects an increase of R4672.99 crore by earning an estimated revenue of R 20,402.99 crore in 2018-2019 against R15,730 crore likely to be received in 2017-2018. This will mean an increase of 29.71 percent in the excise revenue.
Singh said the UP government will soon float a global e-tender under the new policy so that anyone who wants to come into the liquor business, no matter if he has experience or not, can take part in the online tendering process and run retail shops in each district.
“We will start allotting liquor shops through the online tendering system across the state. We will allow interested applicants to bid for liquor outlets in all districts from April this year. We will also link the whole process with Aadhaar and PAN card so that we can break the syndicate that currently rules the liquor business in the state,” said Singh, who was in Noida on Wednesday to inaugurate infrastructure projects.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has appointed cabinet minister Jai Pratap Singh as the in charge of Gautam Budh Nagar and Sultanpur districts. He has the responsibility to oversee infrastructure projects and monitor implementation of government schemes in these two districts, besides taking care of the excise department in the state.
The UP government, on January 23, scrapped the old liquor policy wherein there were special zones in western UP districts of Meerut, Muradabad and Saharanpur, among others. This system was introduced during the term of the Mayawati-led BSP government.
Later, the Akhilesh Yadav government, between 2012 and 2016, continued with the old special zone system thereby enabling a syndicate to have monopoly over the liquor business, officials said.
Liquor consumers will no longer have to pay “illegal money” (more than the maximum retail price) in retail shops, the minister said.
“We have started imposing heavy penalties against those found violating rules. Now, we will crack down on vends that charge more than the MRP on a product,” Singh said.
Singh said the government has started a crackdown against smuggling of liquor from Haryana to UP. Allotment of retail shops in the districts will start from April 2018 through the online system. However, the state government is not in a mood to give liquor vend licences in shopping malls.
“As of now, we do not have any plan to licences for liquor retail outlets in shopping malls,” Singh said.
Renewal of licence for 2019-2020 will be made on request of licensees giving 40% increase in licence fee for Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), 30% increase in licence fee for beer and six per cent increase in minimum guaranteed quota for country made liquor. A provision for payment through debit cards, credit cards, RTGS and NEFT has been made to give a boost to e-payments.