Chandigarh: Rs 5 lakh penalty on liquor vends

CHANDIGARH: The on Tuesday slapped penalty of Rs 5 lakhs on four and two departmental stores for violating excise policy.

The department slapped a penalty of Rs 1 lakh each on liquor vends at Sector 7 Madhya Marg, Sector 8 Madhya Marg, Sector 35 D internal market and village Attawa, for displaying banner of discounted rates of liquor, promotion of liquor through gift packs and liquor stock without hologram.

Besides, the department also slapped penalty of Rs 50,000 each on two departmental stores – SCF no. 21, Sector 9, internal market and SCF no. 15, Sector 9 internal market, Chandigarh.

Earlier, the UT Excise and Taxation department had issued challans to these outlets, who were found violating rules.

Recently, on October 29, the department had slapped penalty of Rs 12 lakhs on 10 liquor vends for violating the excise policy.

In May this year too, the department had slapped penalty of Rs 1 lakh each on 11 liqour vends.

On September 18, The UT excise and taxation department had slapped penalty of Rs 20 lakh on 11 hotels and nine liquor vends (Rs one lakh each) for violating UT excise policy 2018-19. While eight hotels were serving 2 plus 2 drinks, two were serving one plus one and one was serving 3 plus one, to customers. They advertised these offers through an online food delivery application on the festival of Rakshabandhan. Besides, one hotel was serving liquor to youths below the age of 25 years. In addition, seven liquor vends were fined as liquor stock was lying at the vend premises without hologram. Meanwhile, one liquor vend was fined as vend was found opened before 9am.

Thereafter, on September 21, two hotels were slapped penalty of Rs 1 lakh each for serving liquor to youths below the age of 25 years. Thereafter on September 28, the department slapped penalty of Rs one lakh each on two hotels for violating UT Excise policy.
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