The Madhya Pradesh authorities’s excise coverage for 2021-22 goals to package deal nation liquor in 90 millilitre bottles in order that it turns into reasonably priced to the poor who might skip costlier 180ml bottles and go for cheaper and probably spurious liquor, officers stated on Saturday. The transfer to have nation liquor in smaller bottles comes after 38 folks died ingesting illicit liquor in Ujjain and Morena in October and January, they added.
The coverage, cleared by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan authorities in its cupboard assembly on Friday, nevertheless, has placed on maintain plans to promote liquor on-line, in contrast to neighbouring Chhattisgarh which just lately turned the twelfth state the place folks should buy alcohol on this mode. “As per the brand new coverage, liquor firms should pack 10 per cent of their manufacturing in 90ml bottles. Nation liquor used to come back in 180 ml packs, which a few of the poor customers might not have been in a position to afford and there was the danger of them turning in direction of cheaper and probably spurious liquor,” an official defined.
“The 90 ml bottle could also be extra reasonably priced as it’ll come at half the value of 1 / 4,” he added. The brand new excise coverage will come into impact from June 1 and shall be in power for simply 10 months, the months of April and Could having been “dry ones” as a result of corona curfew in place, officers identified.
Underneath the brand new coverage, licence charge of shops has been hiked by 10 per cent to tide over excise losses led to by the coronavirus-induced restrictions, they added. “The closure of liquor shops has affected enterprise by some Rs 32 crore day by day,” MP Excise Commissioner Rajeev Dubey instructed PTI.
Corona curfew is in power in MP since April 20.