Govt al­lows up to 20% re­lax­ation in liquor sale quota

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - Gur­preet Singh Nib­ber gur­preet.nib­ber@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH : The Pun­jab ex­cise and tax­a­tion de­part­ment has al­lowed a re­lax­ation of up to 20% in the min­i­mum guar­an­tee quota for the sale of liquor from May 7 to June 30.

It means dur­ing the 55-day pe­riod, the sale of liquor for 5 to 11 days will be free of all taxes. While the re­lax­ation is 20% in the mu­nic­i­pal ju­ris­dic­tion of Am­rit­sar, Jalandhar and Lud­hi­ana, it will be 10% in the rest of the state.

Amend­ments in the ex­cise pol­icy for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year were cleared on Wed­nes­day. The state gov­ern­ment has al­ready ex­empted the con­trac­tors for 36 days from April 1 to May 6, by waiv­ing the min­i­mum guar­an­tee quota.

“We can’t get a bet­ter deal than this,” said Anil Ma­ha­jan, a Hoshiarpur-based liquor con­trac­tor. The ex­emp­tions an­nounced are sub­se­quent to a re­port sub­mit­ted by the group of min­is­ters (GoM) con­sti­tuted by CM Amarinder Singh on May 12. The GoM com­prises cab­i­net min­is­ters Man­preet Singh Badal (fi­nance), Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria (water re­sources), Vi­jay In­der Singla (school ed­u­ca­tion) and Sadhu Singh Dharam­sot (forests).

On January 31, the gov­ern­ment had passed the ex­cise pol­icy for the 2020-21 fi­nan­cial year and fixed ₹6,200 crore rev­enue target.

“Since the sit­u­a­tion is still volatile, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of an ex­tended lock­down. In such a sce­nario, pro­por­tion­ate re­duc­tion should be given in the min­i­mum guar­an­tee rev­enue on the lines of ini­tial 36 days when liquor vends re­mained shut,” reads the amend­ment in the ex­cise pol­icy.

IN­TER­CHANGE BEER QUOTA WITH LIQUOR

On the de­mand of con­trac­tors, the ex­cise and tax­a­tion de­part­ment has al­lowed to in­ter­change the beer quota with the coun­try-made or In­dian made for­eign liquor (IMFL).

The state gov­ern­ment has al­ready an­nounced to im­pose Covid cess on liquor sale with ef­fect from June 1. The move will help the gov­ern­ment mop up an ad­di­tional rev­enue of ₹145 crore in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year. The cess varies from ₹2 to ₹50 de­pend­ing on the type of liquor and beer.

SALE OF LIQUOR FOR 11 DAYS IN AM­RIT­SAR, JALANDHAR, LUD­HI­ANA CITIES AND FOR 5-6 DAYS IN THE REST OF THE STATE WILL BE FREE OF ALL TAXES

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