Business Standard

Cess on liquor in Uttarakhand's new excise policy

IANS  |  Dehradun 

The on Wednesday approved a new excise policy for the state after much deliberation and protests by the locals, and contradictory views within the ruling party.

The policy was given a green signal by the state cabinet at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The state has fixed a target of Rs 2,310 crore in the current fiscal for the excise department.

It was also decided that a cess of two per cent would be levied on The funds collected from this cess would be utilised for road safety and social security, an official informed.

The new BJP in the hill state had faced a daunting task as soon as it took over, as social organisations, NGOs and women's rights groups had begun demonstrations against the sale of in the state and had called for a blanket ban.

There were protests from the lobby also after the Supreme Court banned the sale of on all National Highways. Following this, all vends were shut down by the state As the state is a tourist destination with being seen as essential to boost the sector, the state ordered moving of all such shops near state highways. This move however, was met with local resistance.

Sandwiched between the two sides, the state has set a modest revenue target for itself with continued sale of in the new excise policy. It has tried to pacify local protestors, mainly women, by assuring them that the number of shops will be reduced to one-third in the first phase that would be rolled out soon.

Cabinet Minister and state spokesman Madan Kaushik said the shops in the hilly areas would open between 12 noon to 6 p.m. He added that the new excise policy will be implemented from June 1.

--IANS

md/vgu/bg

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 20:06 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU