Transparency & Equity In Allotment Of Liquor Shops: Excise Comm J&K

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."

 

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