- Uttarakhand government brings bar licences under service sector
- This clears way for resumption of closed down bars along highways
- The bars were closed down following a Supreme Court order
The decision was taken by the Uttarakhand Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in Dehradun yesterday.
Shifting bar licences from sales to service sector through an amendment in the Uttar Pradesh Excise Act 1910, which has been in force in Uttarakhand ever since its creation, clears the way for resumption of closed down bars along highways in the state as well as the opening of new ones.
The decision will give a boost to revenue generation by the excise department, state Urban Development Minister and official spokesman of the state government Madan Kaushik said.
The state government also decided to effect a substantial hike in the penalty amount to be charged from liquor vendors for over rating and adulteration increasing it from Rs 5000 to Rs 20,000.
In a respite to industrialists, it was also decided to reduce the Value Added Tax on diesel and natural gas for industrial consumption from 20 per cent to five per cent, Mr Kaushik said.
The cabinet also approved a decision not to construct an Inter State Bus Terminus at a site in Haldwani where a graveyard was sighted by locals and shift it to a new location which is yet to be identified.