The government of India has put a “Draft Excise Policy” in public domain with respect to the GoI’s proposal to allot the retail liquor vends through e-auction. This move was taken by the GoI in order to generate more revenue for the exchequer in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir. The Draft will also remove the possibility of cartelization and monopolistic practices.

The Excise Policy 2021-22

The Excise Policy 2021-22 will be finalized soon by the GoI. It has been drafted with the aim of rationalizing the number of taxes or duties and other levies. This will help in optimizing the revenue for common good and encouraging the transition from high alcoholic content beverages to low. Excise Policy will also bring about a greater social consciousness regarding the harmful effects of consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages. Finally, it will check bootlegging or smuggling of liquor in UTs from neighbouring States or UTs.

Provisions of the Excise Policy

According to the new Excise Policy, the vends will be allotted for the period of one year in accordance with the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Excise Act, 1958 and Rules. Further, total number of shops which will be allocated will be the same as the existing numbers of shops. The policy also comprises no provisions for increasing the number of vends to be auctioned.

How the vends will be allocated?

The vends will be allotted in those areas where these shops are operational currently. It will be allotted through e-auction portal in a secured and transparent manner. One can apply for any number of locations for vends, but they will be allocated only one location to negate the cartelization and monopolistic practices. Further, the bidder must be above the age 21 and should have a domicile of J&K. The bidder should not be convicted or charge-sheeted for any offence in accordance with Jammu and Kashmir Excise Act, 1958,

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