Haryana Chief Minister approved the Excise Policy for the year 2016-17.
Chandigarh, March 2- Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal here today approved the Excise Policy for the year 2016-17.
In the new Policy, VAT on liquor has been increased from eight per cent to ten per cent. The government has introduced the facility of online passes and permits for transportation of liquor. The MRP of popular IMFL and beer brands or styles has been rationalized as per market trends. Excise Duty remains unchanged except for draught beer and ready to drink beverage where it has been brought at par with mild beer. E-Tendering of liquor vends will continue and has been made more user-friendly.
The total number of retail outlets of Country Liquor (CL) and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the State will remain unchanged at 3,500. Sub-vends will be allowed in Gram Panchayats with less than 1,000 population only with the prior consent of the Gram Panchayat. Modern shops with good facilities for customers and machine generated Point of Sale (POS) would be encouraged and their number would also be increased. Maximum basic quota has been increased after 2010-11. For Country Liquor, basic quota has been increased from 900 lakh Proof Litre to 950 lakh Proof Litre and that of IMFL from 500 lakh Proof Litre to 550 lakh Proof Litre.
The additional Excise Duty has been rationalized and increased for Country Liquor from Rs 12 per Proof Litre to Rs 18 per Proof Litre and that of IMFL from Rs 30 per Proof Litre to Rs 45 per Proof Litre.
The facility of quota transfer has been introduced to curb the practice of Uchanti Sales which would facilitate rationalization of demand across different areas and also ease liquor business. License fee of wholesale vend has been increased. In case of L-13, it has been increased from Rs five lakh to Rs ten lakh and for L-1, from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
The Export Duty has been rationalized and increased as per growth potential to maximize revenue. Franchise fee and bottling fee have also been rationalized to take care of existing market trends. The fee structure for bar licenses has also been rationalized and re-oriented as per market trends and opportunities. Bars in banquet halls have been allowed for L-2 licenses in rural areas.