2 days before deadline, no liquor vend registered under food safety act
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. Last date for getting licence and registration under the act is February 4.Updated: Feb 02, 2014 22:29 IST
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.
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