Do you feel like relaxing with a drink after a long day at the office? Workers in Haryana may finally relax in the evenings. ‘Low-content’ alcoholic beverages will soon be available at company cafeterias and cafes in Haryana. Beer and wine are included in this. This is due to the state’s new liquor legislation, enacted recently.
New state policy By Haryana
According to the new state liquor policy, businesses in Gurugram and the rest of Haryana can legally sell and serve alcoholic beverages to their employees. However, we can only serve beer and wine with a modest alcohol content in our boardroom.
The corporate headquarters must have a canteen or restaurant of at least 2,000 square feet to comply with the new liquor policy. The new tax policy 2023-24, which includes the retail license fee and a target to collect Rs 400 crore for the environment and animal welfare fund, was approved by the Haryana cabinet on Tuesday.
Rates of excise duty on country liquor and IMFL have also increased slightly. In a statement released after a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the government announced its intention to raise Rs 400 crore for environmental and animal welfare programs known as Gau Seva.
What do you need to know about Haryana’s new alcohol law?
The new policy has raised the quota for country and Indian-made and imported foreign liquor. Because of this, the excise duty on both country liquor and IMFL has increased by a small amount. According to a report by news agency PTI, the statement added that the hike was made “to give a major push to the excise revenue.
The new regulation mandates that IFL (BIO) labels be updated at the district level to streamline the business. In addition, license prices for small (craft) breweries have been lowered to support the micro, small, and medium enterprise industry.
According to the statement, as part of an effort to boost the state’s wine industry, the supervisory charge for wineries has been lowered. The statement said the government had banned liquor stores from being built near the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Temple in Panchkula and places where ‘Gurukuls’ are in operation.
The excise charge on ready-to-drink beverages and beer that fall into the mild and super mild categories has been reduced to promote lower alcohol content beverages.
Which offices are exempt from this policy?
IT and SEZ companies are not eligible. Information technology (IT) parks and special economic zones (SEZs) are exempt from this policy. This is because serving alcohol is prohibited on company premises. The city’s town and country planning division issues permits to such businesses. These departments must refrain from issuing liquor licenses, even for one-time events. Many businesses do not even have a policy regarding serving alcoholic beverages.
This license in Haryana will be applied for through the state government in a manner analogous to liquor licenses. The candidate must put up a 3 lakh security deposit. In addition, they’ll have to fork over 10 lakhs annually