According to the officials of the department, in order to get the highest revenue from the sale of liquor, the Punjab government can adopt the policy of the Kejriwal government of Delhi.
The Punjab government has left the responsibility of fixing the sale and price of liquor in the state to the Punjabis. While making the Excise Policy for the year 2022-23 to be implemented from July 1, the AAP government has sought suggestions from the concerned stakeholders besides the general public. These suggestions can be given through e-mail and phone in the next 15 days.
It is worth noting that whatever excise policy implemented by the governments formed in Punjab so far, it failed to fill the government treasury in this state, which is the largest consumption of liquor. Punjab Excise Commissioner Rajat Agarwal said that the process of excise policy is being finalized. Suggestions have been sought from all stakeholders including general public to enrich it further.
You can send suggestions here
Interested persons may send their views or suggestions in writing to Navdeep Bhinder, Additional Commissioner (Excise) Bhupindra Road, Patiala by post or on his email at email@example.com before 15th April. For giving suggestions, people can also personally meet the Additional Commissioner (Excise) Punjab, whose mobile number 9875961101 has also been issued.
Study of policy of other states
The study of policies of other states has also been started before finalizing the new excise policy. The Captain Amarinder Singh government had also sent a team of its cabinet ministers on a tour of states including Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh where liquor is sold by the state government for excise policy. The team of cabinet ministers had submitted their report to the government but it was kept in cold storage.
New policy may come on the lines of Delhi
According to the officials of the department, in order to get the highest revenue from the sale of liquor, the Punjab government can adopt the policy of the Kejriwal government of Delhi to ease the business, eliminate the factionalism of middlemen and end the monopoly of big houses. In Delhi, liquor is sold by the state government, from which all the income goes directly to the government’s treasury.