Haryana permits liquor consumption in corporate offices

Haryana permits liquor consumption in corporate offices

As per new Haryana state liquor policy , low content alcohol, beer wine  and  alcoholic beverages  are allowed to be consumed in corporate offices in the sates meaning thereby that now employees can have a sip and enjoy at workplace too. It will be effective from June 12.

The 2023-24 excise policy, approved by the Haryana council of ministers on May 9, allows possession and consumption of beer, wine and ready to drink beverages by the employees in a corporate office having at least 5,000 employees and a minimum covered area of one lakh-square feet in single premises (self-owned or leased).

As per the new liquor policy, a licence (L-10F) for consumption of low-content alcohol beverages on the premises of a corporate office will be provided if the office has a minimum covered area of one lakh-square feet in a single premises.

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The licence will be granted for a corporate office if the minimum area of canteen or eatery is not less than 2,000-square feet. “The procedure for grant of licence shall be as applicable to the bar licences. The L-10F licence shall be granted on payment of an annual fixed fee of Rs. 10 lakh on terms and conditions specified by the excise and taxation commissioner,” the policy said.

A security amount of Rs. 3 lakh will also have to be paid by the licencee in addition to the licence fee. The licenced premises shall not be a thoroughfare or connected to any area frequented by public. The licencee will have to procure stock of liquor in accordance with the policy provisions.

The licence will be granted by the collector (excise), with the approval of the excise and taxation commissioner. It will be renewed by the deputy excise and taxation commissioner of the district on behalf of the collector (excise).

The state government has, however, increased application fee for grant of a temporary licence to event organisers for serving liquor during entertainment shows, exhibitions, comedy shows, magic-shows, mega-shows, celebrity events and other similar events.

The fee has been hiked from the existing Rs. 10,000 (per event) for a gathering of 5,000 persons to Rs. 50,000 per event per day. It has been increased from Rs. 1 lakh per event to Rs. 2.50 lakh per event per day for gathering of more than 5,000 persons but less than 25,000 persons. The fee has been increased from Rs. 5 lakh per event to Rs. 10 lakh per event per day for a gathering of more than 25,000 people. The  temporary licence may be applied for a maximum period of three days at a time.

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