DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand government’s new excise policy for 2023-24 has introduced a new provision of giving licence to keep mini-bars at home, but with certain key riders.

District excise officer (Dehradun) Rajiv Chauhan said, “Anyone who has been filing Income Tax Return (ITR) for the past five years can apply for the licence at the district magistrate office, which will finally issue the home bar licence at an annual fee of Rs 12,000.”

Once approved, the licence holder will be entitled to keep nine litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), 18 litres of foreign alcohol, nine litres of wine and 15.6 litres of beer at home.

However, anyone seeking the home mini-bar licence will have to submit an affidavit about fulfilment of certain conditions. “One has to use the bar for personal use only. No commercial activity will be allowed. Apart from that, one will have to keep the bar closed on notified dry days,”

In addition, one must ensure that no one under the age of 21 in the family comes into the area where the bar is set up, Chauhan further said.

Moreover, the renewal of the bar licence will be done by the excise department after carrying out an inspection of the “home bar”.

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