Haryana government has revised its excise policy for 2020-21, bars in Gurugram, Faridabad and Panchkula will soon remain open till 1 am. The new policy makes beer and wine cheaper thereby reducing the licence fees for hotels and restaurants serving liquor. However, country made liquor would be costlier in the state.
Interestingly, the bars in Gurugram, Faridabad and Panchkula can stay open till 3 am, if the licence holders pay one time additional fee of Rs 10 lakh per hour. The new rules are expected to come into force by April 1. Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, who holds the excise portfolio said that revamping the policies can assist the government earn more revenue, especially in the Delhi-NCR regions.
The excise duty on beer across different categories has been slashed by Rs 10 per bulk litre (BL). For instance, brands with an alcohol content between 3.5 and 5.5 per cent, will now be Rs 40 per BL instead of Rs 50. Besides, a new category of “super mild” beer has been introduced that will attract a duty of Rs 35 per BL.