The Rajasthan government has changed the excise policy. The government has increased the prices of country liquor from April 1. On the other hand English liquor made in India has been made cheaper. It has been decided to abolish the additional excise duty on these.
Along with this, under the new rules, now short-term license will be given to those who run bars in Rajasthan. This will benefit those people who, after starting the bar, suffer losses throughout the year due to non-receipt of revenue.
New revised rules have been issued by the Excise Department Rajasthan. From April 1, the price of country liquor and Rajasthan Made Liquor (RML) has been increased by Rs 2. However, on the contrary, English liquor made in India will be cheaper from the next financial year.
English liquor can be cheaper by Rs 10 to 15
The department has decided to remove 30 per cent additional excise duty on Indian Made English Liquor. After this decision, a bottle of English liquor will become cheaper by Rs 10 to 15 from the next financial year.
Bar operators’ fee also reduced
The Excise Department has issued a new rule to give benefit to the bar owners in Rajasthan. Under this, they will now be given short term licences. At present, the Excise Department gives license for one year to hotels or other institutions to run bars. Renew it every year. From the next financial year, instead of one year, licenses will also be given for 3 months.
Not only this, those hotels or institutions who run bars, do not renew their license in any year, then take license in the next year, then they had to pay the fee for that year. This time, a provision has been made for only 25 per cent fee while reducing it.
Opposition to renewal fees of shops
The shop operators have objected to the determination of the renewal fee for the license of the currently running liquor shops. Nilesh Mewada, president of Rajasthan Licker Welfare Society, said that the shops which are running at present, are increasing their renewal fee by 15 per cent, which is very high. Shop operators will be under pressure to sell more liquor next year.
Concession to CAPF as well
In the excise policy, from this year, it has been decided to give retail license to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) on the lines of BSF and exemption from excise duty. Under this, liquor will now be available in CAPF canteens at cheaper rates to the employees and jawans on the lines of BSF canteens.
Wine will be more affordable
Wine lovers in Rajasthan, Indian wines will be more affordable in 2023-24. Premium wine’s price will come down by almost Rs. 200-300 per bottle.