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UP Revises Liquor Sale Policies After Facing Rs 5,000 Crore Loss

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| July 5 , 2017 , 13:54 IST

The Supreme Court order to ban all liquor shops along national and state highways has hit Uttar Pradesh particularly hard with the state incurring a loss of Rs 5,000 crore in the past one year itself. Faced with such losses, other initiatives are being taken that will both ensure the safety of customers and earning of sellers.

From the total 8,591 highway liquor shops impacted by the ban, 2,000 are yet to be relocated while 3,000 shop owners have out rightly surrendered their liquor licenses said UP Excise Minister Jai Pratap Singh.

“We have incurred a loss of about Rs 5,000 crore in 2016-17 fiscal ending March 31. Out of the target of realising Rs 19,000 crore, the excise department could generate Rs 14,000 crore following the apex court order,” Singh told news agencies.

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The next efforts are on to make Liquor shops go cashless.

“We are introducing a cashless system in liquor shops and asking them to install point-of-sale (POS) machines. Though it will difficult in rural areas, we are asking shops to switch over to cashless payments,” Minister Singh said

The new excise policy might also introduce a system of bar coding each and every single liquor bottle. Barcoding each bottle might be a long-process but it will have many benefits, as it would check black marketing and pilferage in liquor sale, and ensure certain quality standards in the liquor being sold by preventing adulterated and local brands being sold under the wrong name.

In order to prevent forced relocation again, the government has announced that liquor shops should not be located within 500 metres of religious places and hospitals, a distance currently stipulated by the SC as 75 metres.

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“An SC order in 2008 says no to liquor vending with a radius of 75 metre of a school or religious place. But, with increase in population density, the number of schools and hospitals have increased leading to conflicts,” said Singh.

“We have decided that no liquor shop will be relocated within 500 metre of religious places or hospitals. In case of objection, even residential colonies will come under the ambit. At the moment it is not in a very formal shape. But we are working on it,” the minister added.

According to Singh, the Yogi Adityanath government will be introducing its new excise policy from April 2018 and plans to break the syndicate system in liquor trade.