Alcohol is set to become a lot more expensive in Gurgaon as the state government will impose increased excise duty on imported liquor from 1 April, increasing the price of imported liquor by as much as three times the current rate.
The BJP government in Haryana, in its new excise policy, announced last week that a new levy called the ‘assessment fee’ will be imposed on imported alcoholic beverages, the Economic Times reported.
Under the new Excise Policy, minimum retail sale price of liquor was “marginally” increased and rationalised, an official spokesman had told PTI.
The retail prices of country liquor was increased by 20 percent while in case of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor), the prices of scotch and premium whisky brands such as premium, regular and deluxe was increased by 7 to 18 percent.
In case of super deluxe brand, the price per bottle was increased by 35 percent.
The price of regular beer was increased by Rs 5 per bottle to Rs 55 while rate of strong beer was decreased by Rs 5 per bottle to Rs 65.
The official spokesman had also said the import duty on alcohol to be used for industrial purposes was reduced from Rs 6 per Proof Litre to Rs 3 per PL.
Moreover, the rate of VAT on liquor has been enhanced from 4 percent to 8 percent with surcharge, he had said.
Restaurant and pub owners said that this hike in price of alcohol in Haryana, especially Gurgaon would completely cripple the industry, which contributed as much as 7 to 9 percent of overall eating orders across the nation, according to ET.
“It is like saying don’t do business,” ET quoted CEO of The Beer Cafe Rahul Singh as saying. “They have increased the alcohol licence fee by 110% and because of this assessment fee, the consumer will now have to pay up to three times more for imported beers.”
(With inputs from PTI)