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AC approves liberal provisions for sale of beer, other RTD beverages

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Decision authorizes departmental stores to sell beer, RTD beverages in urban areas

Srinagar: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal for authorizing departmental stores to sell beer and other Ready to Drink (RTD) beverages in urban areas, an official press release informed Monday.

It said Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor and Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K attended the meeting.

The Administrative Council approved incorporation of liberal provisions in Jammu and Kashmir Liquor License and Sale Rules, 1984 and Excise Policy, 2023-24 for grant of License JKEL-2A for retail sale of Beer and RTD beverages in departmental stores in urban areas of UT.

The Departmental Stores in a Commercial Complex, approved by the competent authority, fulfilling conditions like having a total carpet area of minimum 1200 Sq. feet, annual turnover of minimum Rs 5 crores in Jammu and Srinagar cities and Rs 2 crores for stores in other urban areas will be eligible under the scheme.

Moreover, a chain of departmental stores having annual turnover of more than Rs 10 crores will be eligible to apply for separate licenses for each of its stores.

The departmental store should have been in existence for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. However, this condition shall not be applicable in case of a new/recently opened departmental store belonging to a chain of departmental stores having annual turnover of more than Rs 10 crores.

Further the departmental stores should be selling a minimum of six of the category of items including grocery items; frozen foods; confectionery/bakery items; toiletries; cosmetics; household goods; utensils/kitchenware; sports items; electrical/electronic appliances; apparels; and stationery. In addition, no application for the grant of license shall be considered for departmental stores functioning at Petrol Pumps as per the said decision.

The Administrative Council also approved permission to the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation for retail sale of beer and RTD beverages in unserved/underserved areas in consultation with the concerned Deputy Commissioner, the press release said.

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