JAMMU, Apr 14: Transparency, Equity and Inclusiveness in the allotment of Liquor Shops, said Excise Commissioner J&K Rahul Sharma in a statement with Cross Town News, just a day before auction and amid protests by Wine Traders .
The statement reads "
? The New Excise Policy is only an attempt to implement law of the land and Judgments of Hon'ble High Court.
? The New Policy is completely transparent and no functionary in UT can favour or disfavor any prospective bidder. It ends favouritism.
? The e-bidding for liquor licenses confined to domiciles of J&K only and it will therefore, provide employment to locals only. It ends monopoly.
? Equal opportunity to all has been provided to participate in e-auction process for allotment of liquor licenses and to stop perpetual transfers within family.
? One individual-one vend will restrict practice of monopoly.
? Solvency certificate of immovable property equivalent to bid amount provides due safeguard that only residents of J&K can participate. Further also check proxy and speculative bidding.
? Online e-auction shall ensure anonymous participation without any fear from any pressure group.
? Digitization of inventory will lead to minimum human interface and cleaner system of administration.
? Auction of liquor vends only on existing locations which have been functioning for past many years ensures that public sentiments are fully taken into account.
? Minimum Guarantee Revenue (MGR) fixed to check sale of spurious liquor.
? The Minimum Guarantee Revenue is with reference to the sale of 2019-20, even though revenue during the year 2020-21 was higher than that in 2019-20. It is an attempt to ensure reasonability.
? For first time MRP formulae; profit margins have been declared.
? For the first time draft policy was put in public domain for seeking suggestions from the common people.
? Selection of licensees on fair and transparent competition without any interference / influence.
? Discovery of fair price of each location/vend will be possible through e-auction.
? Policy does not allow participation of persons with criminal antecedents.
? Constraints of Force-Majeure are also being addressed."