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New excise policy: Liquor set to get costlier in Haryana from June 12

By, Chandigarh
May 16, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Hike in excise duty, licence fee for bars, bottling fee for beer estimated to increase revenue by over ₹110 crore; the state government took approval from the Election Commission for bringing the new policy during the imposition of model code of conduct as the allotment of liquor vends has to be made by inviting e-tenders.

Effecting a modest increase in the excise duty for country and Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) which will anyway jack up the liquor prices in the state June 12 onwards, the Haryana Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved the 2024-25 excise policy. The 2023-24 excise policy comes to an end on June 11. The increase in the excise duty on liquor will fetch an additional revenue of 83 crore for the state government. On the whole, the state government expects a revenue increase of about 250 crore in 2024-25 year.

Liquor bottles being carried in a gunny bag for illegal sale in Bihar. Police seized it showing how the bootleggers are adopting new methods to smuggle liqour for sale in dry Bihar India on Sunday Jan 13,2019.(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times) (HT File/ Representational image)
Liquor bottles being carried in a gunny bag for illegal sale in Bihar. Police seized it showing how the bootleggers are adopting new methods to smuggle liqour for sale in dry Bihar India on Sunday Jan 13,2019.(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times) (HT File/ Representational image)

As per the new liquor policy, the excise duty on country liquor (50 degree proof) has been increased from 78 per proof litre to 82 per proof litre and from 90 per proof litre to 95 per proof litre for metro liquor (65 degree proof). The excise duty on IMFL brands having ex-distillery price in the range of 1,051 to 3,500 per case have been uniformly increased by 5 per proof litre. The

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For instance, the excise duty on IMFL brands with ex-distillery price in the range of 1,051 to 1,200 per case has been increased from 135 per proof litres to 140 per proof litres while the IMFL brands with ex-distillery price in the range of 2,501 to 3,500 has been hiked from 155 per proof litres to 160 per proof litres.

The state government took approval from the Election Commission for bringing the new policy during the imposition of model code of conduct as the allotment of liquor vends has to be made by inviting e-tenders. The excise and taxation department will start e-auction for allotment of retail vends for 2024-25 from May 27.

Basic quota for country liquor increased

The new policy entailed an increase in the maximum basic quota for country liquor from 1,150 lakh proof litres to 1,200 lakh proof litres. A 40 crore increase in excise revenue is being projected because of the increase on country liquor quota.

The maximum basic quota for IMFL will, however, remain 700 lakh proof litres. As per the policy, the maximum number of retail vends for country liquor and IMFL will remain 2,400 in the 2024-25 policy.

Licence fee for bars increased

The licence fee for bars and hotels has been increased in the new policy. Licence fee for bars in five-star hotels will cost 30 lakh per annum instead of 25 lakh per annum while the licence fee for bars in four-star hotels has been increased to 25 lakh per annum from 20 lakh per annum.

The licence fee for bars in three-star hotels in Gurugram has been increased from 18 lakh per annum to 22 lakh per annum. The licence fee for bars in three-star hotels in Faridabad, Panchkula and Sonepat has been increased from 14 lakh per annum to 16 lakh per annum while the licence fee for bars in three-star hotels in the remaining districts has been hiked from 10 lakh per annum to 20 lakh per annum.

The licence fee for all other bars operating from restaurants has also been increased from 16 lakh per annum to 20 lakh per annum for Gurugram, 15 lakh per annum from the existing 12 lakh per annum for Faridabad, Panchkula and Sonepat and 10 lakh per annum from the existing 8 lakh per annum for the remaining districts. The assessment fee on supply of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (bottled in origin) to bars has also been hiked. The increase which will come into effect from June 12 will bring an additional revenue of about 15 crore. Bottling fee for beer supplied within Haryana has been increased to 12 per bulk litre from 11 per bulk litre while the bottling fee for beer supplied outside Haryana has been increased to 1.50 per bulk litre from 1 per bulk litre.

Assessment fee for imported foreign liquor hiked

The state government has also increased the assessment fee on Imported Foreign Liquor (bottled in origin) from 75 bulk litre to 85 per bulk litre for wine, from 50 per bulk litres to 65 bulk litres for beer and 100 per bulk litre for whisky. This increase is expected to bring an additional revenue of about 60 crore.

Track and trace mechanism for imported foreign liquor too

The new policy has extended the quick response (QR) code-based track and trace system for the sale of imported foreign liquor as well. The track and trace system was introduced in 2023-24 for IMFL and country liquor. Holograms or QR code-based track and trace systems are affixed on liquor bottles to safeguard against spurious and adulterated liquor. The minimum retail sale price of imported liquor brands shall be fixed by the excise department to streamline the business.

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