Himachal

LIQUOR TO DEAR IN HIMACHAL AS GOVT INCREASES EX-DISTILLERY PRICE OF COUNTRY LIQUOR AND IMFS

July 22, 2019 07:30 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)

The State Government has increased the ex-distillery price (EDP) of the country liquor and IMFS (English Liquor) for the year 2019-20. The ex-distillery price has been increased by five percent to meet the increased cost of production of the liquor manufacturing plants.

Commissioner of State Taxes and Excise Dr. Ajay Sharma said here today that it was brought to the notice of the government that the cost of ENA (Extra Neutral Alcohol), the basic ingredient for manufacturing of liquor has increased considerably over the last years. Similarly, the cost of glass bottle packing carton has seen an upward trend in the recent past.

Commissioner of State Taxes and Excise Dr. Ajay Sharma said here today that it was brought to the notice of the government that the cost of ENA (Extra Neutral Alcohol), the basic ingredient for manufacturing of liquor has increased considerably over the last years. Similarly, the cost of glass bottle packing carton has seen an upward trend in the recent past.

He said that the basic raw materials needed for manufacturing of liquor are taxable under the GST regime whereas liquor is covered under VAT. The taxes imposed under GST cannot be adjusted under VAT due to which the cost of production of liquor has increased. In order to protect the liquor industry in the State, a marginal increase of 5 percent in the ex-distillery prices has been made.

He said that there shall be no impact on the MRP rates on the beer, wine, cider and the liquor brands manufactured and bottled in foreign countries such as Chivas Regal, Glenlivet and Blue-label etc. However, the effect on the country liquor and English liquor brands manufactured and bottled in India shall be an average increase of about 10 percent. The government exchequer is expected to gain additional revenue of Rs 20-25 crores by this minimal increase.

Dr. Ajay Sharma said that normally the increase in EDP rates is given at the beginning of the financial year from 1st April every year but the same could not be given due to the implementation of Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha Elections-2019.

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