Punjab Poised to Beat Kerala in Drinking Race

Punjab may become number one state in terms of liquor intake as the bottle consumption per person per year.

Published: 13th March 2016 09:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2016 09:16 AM   |  A+A-

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Punjab may become number one state in terms of liquor intake as the bottle consumption per person per year is expected to touch 13 in the next fiscal, which is 12 bottles this fiscal. Presently, Kerala tops the list with 13 bottles per person per year, which may see a considerable dip in wake of liquor ban in the coastal state. In 2015-16, Punjab has increased its liquor quota to 9.80 crore proof liters, over 16 per cent more than the previous year, sources said. While the quota of India made foreign liquor remained the same, it too is expected to increase by 5 per cent next financial year beginning April 1. The state government is considering a proposal to review the excise policy through which almost 300 groups (licensing units) will be allowed across the state, almost five times more than at present. While the move may push people to drinking, the government claims that it will stop monopolisation and cartelisation in the liquor trade in the state. The new policy is also likely to allow sale of country-made liquor of higher potency (75 degrees against the earlier alcohol content of 50 and 65 degree). Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has warned state liquor contractors against the new excise policy saying if voted to power, Congress will repeal it.                       

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