Hyderabad: Telangana government has notified its new liquor policy, which stipulates that the liquor shop licenses would be valid for two years. The new policy continues the order that the liquor shops will be kept open for 13 hours in GHMC and its peripheral areas and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in other areas of the state. The new liquor policy conditions were notified in a government order dated October 1 issued by the special chief secretary Somesh Kumar.
According to the other the new policy will be effective from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2021 and the licensees will be selected through draw of lots. The bidders would have to pay a non-refundable deposit of Rs 2 lakh.
The retail shop excise tax would dbe Rs 1 crore (for two years) for shops in areas having a population of upto 5000, Rs 1.10 crore for shops in slab ot 5001-50,000 population, Rs 1.20 crore for shops in 50,001 – 1 lakh population, Rs 1.30 crore for shops in 1,00,001 to 5 lakh population, 1.70 crore for shops in areas having 5,00,001 – 20 lakh and Rs 2.20 crore for shops in areas having population more than 20 lakh.
The excise tax is to be paid in eight equal installments instead of six installments in vogue now.
The GO stipulated that the shops should install three CCTV cameras in counters and inside the licenses premises and these cameras should be linked to the central control room of the Prohibition and Excise department. These shops should be equipped with the ‘required systems and equipment as prescribed by the officials with full automation to update day-to-day transactions’.
The order specifies that the licensees must take steps to maintain hygiene and orderly parking of vehicles near the shops.
CCTV cameras mandatory in liquor shops
The new liquor policy notified by the State government stipulated that liquor shops shall install three CCTV cameras in counters and inside the licensed premises and these cameras should be linked to the Central Control Room of the Prohibition and Excise Department. These shops should be equipped with the ‘required systems and equipment as prescribed by the officials with full automation to update day-to-day transactions’.
The Government Order notifying the policy specifies that the licensees must take steps to maintain hygiene and orderly parking of vehicles near the shops.
The GO also states that the Commissioner of Prohibition and Excise is permitted to relocate any liquor shop in uncovered/potential area in the State within the same slab/outside the slab.
The Shop Turnover Tax shall be collected at the rate of 8 per cent on the purchse value with applicable VAT thereon on the sale price of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and Foreign Liquor (FL) purchased from the Telangana State Beverages Corporation Limited when the cumulative value of purchases during the licence year exceeds seven times the annual retail shop excise tax, as existing is continued.
The GO stipulates that a Special Retail Excise Tax of Rs 5 lakh per annum shall be collected as one time collection per licencee without accounting it for the seven times limit.
The retailers margin shall be 27 per cent on ordinary, 20 per cent on medium and premium varieties of IMFL and FL and 20 per cent on beer.
Steps should also be taken to initiate the establishment of de-addiction centres in all the districts in consulation with the Medical Health and Family Welfare Departments.