For the first time, the Haryana government auctioned liquor vends through e-tenders in Gurgaon district. The auction, on Saturday, of 319 liquor vends took place in the presence of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner, the deputy excise and taxation commissioners.
Officials said 147 countrymade liquor vends and 172 Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) liquor vends were auctioned. The government earned a total of Rs 546.44 crore from the e-tendering process. The revenue generated this year from the sale of IMFL liquor vends was Rs 420.56 crore more compared to last year.
The participation fee for bidders was reduced from Rs 25,000 per vend (the rate when auctioning was done manually) to Rs 10,000 per vend.
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A senior excise official said the government had fixed the licence fee at Rs 447.13 crore for IMFL and Rs 125.88 crore for countrymade liquor.
“This time, the tendering process was done electronically, including evaluation of the bids. The e-tendering process started on March 11 and was open to bidders till March 13,” Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner (Gurgaon), said.
Also, modern liquor shops will be set up to cater to the demands of urban consumers.
These shops will be swanky and air-conditioned, stocking high-end liquor. For this, the department has identified 14 locations.