After the Supreme Court banning of liquor vends on the state and national highways across India, last year, the high spirits of the liquor lovers in Chandigarh were seen getting hampered every now and then. However, lifting up of ban on a few liquor vends, bars and restaurants a few months back gave some respite to the owners as well as to the general public but again the rumors of increase in its price by 20 to 30 percent from the new fiscal year, starting next month, has again given nightmares to some.
Customers to be given invoices by liquor vends in Chandigarh
As per the new excise policy, it will be mandatory for all liquor vends in Chandigarh to issue an invoice or bills to the customers for their purchase of alcohol. The introduction of the invoices and bills to the customer is done in order to earn the revenue of over Rs 4.5 crore in the coming financial year.
Also, the department wants to keep a check on the net sale of liquor across Chandigarh throughout the year as there has been a 15 % increase in the number of liquor shops in the city, recently, selling Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and country-made liquor. Now, from next month, the Chandigarh Excise department has fixed the basic quota of country-made liquor to 10 lakh proof and 90 lakh proof for the IMFL.
New licensing policy from Excise Department
From the coming financial year 2018 -19, a new license L-2D will be issued for the liquor vendors to sell beer, Indian or any imported wine. This license will be given to those only whose shops or establishments will be registered under Goods and Service Tax (GST) Act, 2017. Also, the Chandigarh Excise Department has fixed the rate of Rs 2 lakh as the license fee. Tenders are invited by the department for the allotment of licensing units.
Vendors will now be charged with an additional tax of Rs 2 per bulk litre on their wholesale license by the Chandigarh’s UT Administration. Also, the excise duty on wine has been decreased by 5 percent in order to promote the wine industry in India. Earlier, the extra license fee was of Rs 20 per bulk litre and now it will be 15 per bulk litre.