Chandigarh, May 13 : While ruling out extension in the contract of liquor vends beyond March 31, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced that the state government would, in line with the Finance Department’s recommendation, provide adjustments to the licensees for losses incurred for the lockdown period from March 23 to May 6.
The CM constituted a three-member Committee of senior officers to assess the actual loss resulting from closure of liquor vends amid COVID-19 outbreak. The committee comprises Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tiwari, Principal Secretary Power A Venu Prasad and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh.
The Chief Minister was on Monday authorised by the Cabinet to approve suitable changes in the State Excise Policy as warranted due to the pandemic and the resultant curfew. According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has accepted the recommendation of the Excise Department, aligned to the advice of the Finance Department, to maintain the period of contract of liquor vends till March 31, 2021.
Capt Amarinder also approved the Finance Department’s recommendation to provide proportionate adjustment of MGQ for the losses incurred in the nine days of lockdown in March. In line with the Finance Department’s recommendation, the revenues, both license fee and MGR, for the period of loss from April 1 to May 6 may also be adjusted or re-determined accordingly by the Excise Department, a statement said. More (UNI)