2% cess on liquor approved

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(Tribune)

A 2 per cent cess will be levied on the sale of liquor by the state government as part of the new excise policy effective from June 1, which was approved today by the Cabinet.Rather than announcing major changes in the excise policy, the new BJP government has only fiddled with the old policy and announced a few changes here and there.The new 2 per cent cess will be levied on liquor (MRP) out of which 1 per cent cess so charged would be spent on road safety measures and 1 per cent on social safety measures.The revenue target for 2017-2018 has been fixed at Rs 2,310 crore, a jump of 10 per cent from 2016-2017 when it was pegged at Rs 1,907 crore.

“Our government will not provide patronage to liquor business nor encourage opening of new liquor vends in the state. As a policy initiative, we have further reduced the sale hours of liquor in hill areas from 12 pm to 6 pm,” said state government spokesperson and Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik while briefing mediapersons.Barring Dehradun, Nainital, Haldwani and Udham Singh Nagar where the sale of liquor will continue between 10 am to 11 pm in the town and hill areas, the sale timings have been reduced. In Haridwar, a total prohibition already exists.

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