From 1st April, Liquor to Cost 20% More in Panchkula

After the verdict of Supreme Court that ordered the closure of liquor shops in 500 metres radius of State and National Highways. Chandigarh was on the verge to face total liquor ban in the city as all the roads of the city has been declared as the state highways. After which, all the residents of the city has an option to buy liquor from Mohali and Panchkula. But buying a liquor in Panchkula will also charge you 20% more of its price as of now. As per the change in excise policy of Haryana, this hike has been applied in the rates of liquor.

And it’s 20% more in Panchkula

With the change in the excise policy of Haryana, VAT  (Value Added Tax), excise duty and licence fee have increased in all brands be it country made or foreign made and Indian Made Foreign Liquor in Haryana. Excise Policy for the year 2017-2018 is said to be ‘Vendor Friendly’.

Now this what bad days are like, first a threat of calling Chandigarh as a dry city, then increasing of price in the nearby states of the city.

Highlights of the Policy

In the Haryana state, liquor and petroleum have been left out by GST (Goods and Sales Tax) act but it will surely come in force from 1 July. And the increase excise duty is an attempt to get rid off from the losses due to the implementation of GST.

  • As the excise duty has hiked by 100 to 300%, liquor rates will go high in CSD canteens.
  • A special policy has been put up the sale of foreign liquor in Haryana state.
  • Only 1 centralised distributor will be in Haryana for foreign liquor sale, who will have to pay Rs. 50 crore as the licence fee.
  • Receipts have to provided to the customer above the sale of Rs. 1000 of liquor and even they have been asked to encourage cashless transaction.
  • As of this year, a total of 185 Panchayats has asked the department to not open any liquor vends in their areas.
 When it comes to liquor consumption, Chandigarh stands second in the list in India. Any celebration is incomplete without a ‘Peg’ in the city. ‘Ache din ayenge’, as of now it seems the days are bad for Chandigarhians in terms of liquor. Last option left to buy liquor is Mohali, lets see what else is waiting in Mohali as well.

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