In a new, the government of Uttar Pradesh has made it mandatory to acquire a license for anyone who has more than the prescribed — six litres — quantity of alcohol at their homes.
According to the Additional Chief Secretary of Excise Department Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy, “Under the new excise policy of the state, for personal use, individuals will have to obtain a license to purchase, transport or keep in private possession liquor in excess of the prescribed retail limit.”
Excise duty, for the unaware, is a form of tax imposed on goods for their production, licensing and sale.
As per the new order, anyone who wants to home more than the prescribed limit of alcohol at their personal space in UP will need to pay Rs 12,000 as a license fee and additional Rs 51,000 as a security amount will every year.
Obviously, the new order has been made to generate more revenue for the state government. The policy targets to whip up Rs 34,500 crore from the excise duty in 2021-2022 against expected revenue of 28,340 crores in the current financial year.
In addition to the new rule, the government has also exempted locals, who make wine in the state from locally-produced fruits, from paying excise duty for five years.