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Unveiling the new excise policy for 2017-2018, taxation minister Captain Abhimanyu, on Sunday, increased the license fee for drinking in pubs and bars from 12 Lakh to 15 Lakh per annum, in Gurugram and Faridabad.

The policy is already termed as “vendor friendly” as it seems to favor the retailers. The policy leaves several choices for vendors. In the new policy, the vendor, now, has an option to sell any kind of brand, be it country liquor or IMFL or both from the same place.

As the Supreme Court orders hit the liquor industry the hard as they cant open liquor vends along the highways, the state government may have given the contractor freedom to choose the location of the vend. This comes with an additional facility of allowing the licensee to open two sub-vends from the places of their choice in the particular zone allotted to them.

Abhimanyu, who is also holding the office of Finance Ministry of Harayana, will table the third budget on Monday. The excise department achieved the revenue target of just Rs4,071 crore against the target of Rs 4900 crore. Expecting the license fee and statutory levies for the licenses sale, Abhimanyu fixed the target of Rs 5,500 crore as target for the next year.

Hinting that there can be 3,500 retail outlets of CL and IMFL in the state for the coming year, and the licensee can open upto two sub-vends under each license, the number of vends in rural and urban could go as high as 9,000.
“Allotment of liquor vends would be made on the basis of zones in a shift from allotment on the basis of group of vends as in the previous year. The zones will comprise six retail vends,” said Abhimanyu.

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