Punjab News Express/Satinder Bains
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Capt Amarinder Singh approved the historic Excise Policy for the year 2017-18, bringing down the number of liquor vends from 6384 to around 5900.
The state government also banned operation of all liquor vends within 500 metres from National and State Highways as per the directions of Supreme Court of India.
Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court of India, no liquor vend would be allowed to operate within a distance of 500 metres from the outer edge of National Highways and State Highways.
As per the new Excise policy, the system of wholesale licence L-1A has been abolished. The L-1 licensees would lift their quota directly from the distilleries/ bottling/ plants/ manufacturing companies. The L-1 licence would be granted to a retail licensee (L-2 Licensee) in the concerned district who has secured atleast one group/ zone in a district.
In the new excise policy the quota of country liquor has been reduced from 10.10 crore proof litres to 8.70 crore proof litres i.e. by 14%.The Similarly, the quota of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) has been reduced from 4.73 crore proof litres to 3.80 crore proof litres i.e. by 20%.