Any idea how many ‘Wine shops’ and ‘Bars’ operating in Assam? Read all details
Guwahati: During the question hour of the ongoing state assembly Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya informed that the government has issued around 360 liquor licenses to “ON SHOP” (Bars) since 2016, however, no liquor licenses were provided to “OFF SHOP” (Wine Shops) since the year 2001.
In reply to a question asked by Leader of Opposition, Debabrata Saikia, in the ongoing Assembly session, the minister also informed that presently there are around 1234 licenced “OFF SHOP” functioning in various parts of the districts, of which, Kamrup district has 318 and Tinsukia district has 100 “OFF SHOP”.
Additionally, the minister also informed that around 996 licensed “ON SHOP” are functioning in the state, of which 360 liquor licensed “ON SHOP” are being functioned since 2016.
The excise minister has also stated that the Assam government has increased the excise duty on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) by 25% during the first wave of the COVID-19 period last year.
Later, the 25% COVID-19 cess on liquor was rolled out in the month of February 2021.
It is to be noted that a Liquor License is a permit given by the state excise department to those who want to sell alcoholic beverages at a certain place.
Each state government has laid down certain rules and regulations for the licenses, followed by every person who wants to sell hard drinks, beer, or wine.
The liquor licenses are issued only after close inspection and examination of all the details of the License holder.