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Telangana govt issues new liquor policy; officials expect more applications from Hyderabad

The Telangana state government on Saturday announced shop allocation reservation of 10% for Scheduled Castes (SC), 5% for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 15% for Goud community.

Key Highlights

    • The new order will be applicable from December 1 this year to November 30, 2023
    • According to the new orders, special reservations announced by the state government

Hyderabad: In a fresh development, the Telangana state government has notified the liquor policy for 2021-2023 in the state on Saturday. As per the report, the new move is likely to result in a high number of applications from the city.

Drawing of lots for allocation

According to the new liquor policy, the current licence will be valid for the next two years i.e. (December 1 this year to November 30, 2023). Reportedly, the draw of lots would be conducted on November 20. The state government order also announced the new shops would come into effect from December 1.

However, the Telangana government has earned over Rs 1,000 crore through the sale of applications itself in the last auction. As there is no limit on the number of applications, it is expected that the sale of applications will be higher this time. The report further suggests that windfall is expected higher because there is no need to pay EMD and instead one has to pay the licence cost every two months. 

While commenting on the new liquor policy for 2021-2023 in the state, officials said that “There are about 700 stores in the city and its surroundings, and these shops also depend on the sale of eatables too. We expect more applications from the city,” as saying was quoted by the Times of India.   

The officials further added that there might be a good response as festive sales were also high and reservations were made on the issue of licence. 

Key features of the new liquor policy for 2021-2023

    1. Collecting Rs 5 lakh in cess for education, environment, and development.
    2. As per new rules, 15 per cent of the total shops would be reserved for members of the Goud community, 10% for SCs, and 5% for STs.
    3. New entrants may bid for licences, but many may not retain the licence with them but sell it to others.

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