Punjab Beer Rate: Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said on Thursday that his department has fixed minimum and maximum rates to keep beer prices within reasonable limits. Cheema further said that apart from preventing smuggling of beer from neighboring states, this step has been taken to check exorbitant prices of beer. He said in an official statement here that such steps would also discourage production and consumption of illicit liquor.
Cheema, while chairing the monthly review meeting of the Excise Department in Chandigarh, said that a section 28 has been added in the Excise Policy for 2023-24, allowing beer to be sold at retail outlets and standalone outlets to keep the rates within reasonable limits. The government has been given the right to fix the maximum retail price of beer.
Emphasis on rooting out illegal liquor trade
Cheema is also the state’s finance minister. He asked the officers of his department to further increase the enforcement action to root out illegal liquor trade from the state, besides conducting awareness campaign against this trade. Excise Commissioner Varun Roojam said that the department is keeping a close watch on the movement of its Extra-Neutral Alcohol (ENA) from the liquor manufacturer to the final destination.
Vehicles carrying ENA are not allowed to stop before 100
He said GPS-equipped vehicles carrying ENA are not allowed to stop within the first 100 km of their journey and excise teams are conducting regular surprise checks to avoid any mischief. He also said that the Excise Department would undertake regular enforcement activities to root out the menace of smuggling and production of illicit liquor.
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