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Jharkhand plans new Excise Policy to tame syndics

The proposed policy intends to do away with monopoly of liquor cartels in distribution of alcohol to retailers and double the revenue collection

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government is gearing up to bring a new state Excise Policy to check the monopoly of syndicates in liquor trade and pep up revenue from it.

The proposed policy —Jharkhand Liquor Wholesale Regulation-2012—envisages vesting the rights of liquor distribution to the Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation (JSBC).

As per the proposed regulation, the corporation will play a pivotal role in wholesale trade of all brands of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country liquor.

“We will purchase liquor from the manufacturers-cum-distributors and sell the same to retailers,” Excise Department Secretary Satyendra Singh said.

The proposed policy stipulates that the JSBC would be the sole authority of supplying all sorts of liquor to vendors. It will issue permits for transportation of alcohol in the districts.

An officer of Assistant Excise Commissioner rank will be tasked with the charge to ensure smooth supply of liquors in their respective districts.

At present, the Deputy Commissioners are empowered to issue such permits, which usually stuck up at for clearance in the office.

The proposed amendment in the Excise Policy would empower the Assistant Excise Commissioner rank officers to issue permits for liquor transportation.

However, the distributors require paying the registration charge for different brands of liquor to be sold by them. They will also have to get their licences renewed every year. This will be applicable to imported brands as well.

Elaborating, State Excise Minister Gopal Krishna Patar said the existing regulations would automatically stand annulled after the new rules come into effect.

“The draft of new Excise Policy would be tabled in the Cabinet this month only, as the department has given final touches to it,” he said.

The department hopes to jack up revenue by at least two fold from next year from liquor sell.

So far, the State could net only about Rs 400 crore as revenue from Excise Department against the target of Rs 700 crore.

In contrast, the neghbouring Bihar had earned Rs 1600 crore in the year 2010-11 and aims to double it this year.

Good Move

This decision is worth applause as syndicates have been doing whatever it was for their profit.They had in previous years also killed many brand in want of higher profits.Also inferior and low quality brands have been promoted by them for their own vested intrest.

Three Cheers for Satyendra Singh Ji and Jharkhand Excise Department

Good Move. The Only Sector left by the Govt. is .

Good Move by the State Govt. Many of the States are already Doing it. A.P Govt is doing the same..Tamil Nadu is a bit ahead and has Retail Liquor Shops run by the Govt.he Constitution is Written. By now that would have been a Central Excise Subject by Now.

Regards
Satya

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