Jharkhand government to take over wholesale and retail sale of alcohol

On March 30, the State Cabinet approved four major excise policy changes relating to rules for the wholesale and retail sale of alcohol and other related matters.

On March 30, the State Cabinet approved four major excise policy changes relating to rules for the wholesale and retail sale of alcohol and other related matters.

“Government of Jharkhand is ready to take over the wholesale and retail sale of alcohol with the aim of raising revenue collection to ₹3,000 crore per year from the current ₹1,800 crore in three years,” said said a manager.

The State Cabinet on March 30 approved four major excise policy changes relating to rules for the wholesale and retail sale of alcohol and other related matters. The state Department of Excise and Prohibitions has already tapped an agency to prepare a roadmap to boost liquor sales.

Secretary of State for Excise Vinay Kumar Choubey said the changes will help control the illegal sale of alcohol as well as complaints about excessive prices. “Now, instead of 75 godowns, there will be five godowns in five divisions of the state, which will be under the control of JSBCL (Jharkhand State Beverage Corporation Limited) and operated by a private agency,” Mr Choubey said.

The number of retail stores will be increased to 1,500 from the current 750. “These stores will be under the control of JSBCL. We will have employment agencies, which will give us quality manpower and they will also be made financially responsible for any shortfall in revenue collection from stores,” Choubey said. PTI.

In order to combat illegal sales and excessive pricing, quick response (QR) codes will be used. “The consumer can track the price, manufacture and other important details through the QR code in the bottles. Now the size of liquor bottles made overseas and domestically will be the same and plastic bottles will no longer be used,” he said.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal to draft guidelines for the recruitment of general managers and other conditions of service, in addition to the technical managers of the labor service. The proposal to include Kurmi and Mahto in the list of extremely backward classes also got the green light from Cabinet, an official said.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal for free coaching for public school students for the preparation for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), The Olympiads and the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) as part of ‘a program.

In addition, the Cabinet has also given its approval to the distribution of bilingual dictionaries, atlases, books of general culture and English grammar to the pupils of class IX.

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