West Bengal body pleads to CM to reconsider liquor sale business

The state has formed a corporation called West Bengal State Beverages Corporation Ltd which will take up the wholesale trade of India Made Foreign Liquor and country spirits from April, 2017.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: January 18, 2017 9:33 pm
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The West Bengal Foreign Liquor Manufacturers Wholesalers and Bonders Association (WBFLMWB) has appealed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to either reverse the decision of entry into liquor wholesale or retain wholesalers for distribution to retailers. “Currently, there is uncertainty over the distribution model of the proposed state government corporation that proposes to introduce wholesale liquor in the state. With this, direct and indirect job for 70,000 people are at stake,” WBFLMWB Vice-President Viekram Soni said on Wednesday.

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The state has formed a corporation called West Bengal State Beverages Corporation Ltd which will take up the wholesale trade of India Made Foreign Liquor and country spirits from April, 2017. Currently, there are 102 licensed wholesalers of liquor in the state and they procure from manufacturers and distribute it to retailers.

The association was apprehensive that the government may not renew their licenses after March this year forcing their abrupt exit from the trade. Soni said the Chief Minister is unaware of the fact of the business and there could be some groups with vested interests.

“We are trying to meet her and explain the facts, but still we have not got any appointment,” he said. The association claimed that they operate with a wafer thin margin of two per cent and all the distribution cost is factored in that margin, which is not possible for an state corporation.

Citing example of Odisha, Soni said even after three years distribution of takeover by a state corporation, half of their shops remain dry of supplies. In 2015-16, excise collection was Rs 4,418 crore.

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    BLACKPAT
    Aug 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    WHAT KIND OF MAA MATI MANUSH SARKAR IS THIS ???? THOUSANDS THOUSANDS OF MATIR MAANUSH WILL BE ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION !!!!! ONLY BECAUSE DIDI'S SARKAR HAS BECOME BHIKIREE AND FEELS IT HAS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE THAN TO TRAMPLE ON THE MEEK, WEAK THE HAPLESS !!!
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      Vishal Garg
      Jan 25, 2017 at 11:20 am
      The Government of W B can easily raise its revenue by raising the Exise Duty and blocking the smuggled liquor that enters the into West Bengal from neighbouring state. There will be boost for more that 200 crores by doing this.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Eliminating the wrs from the Liquor Trade is just the sign of favouring personal interest of some unknown people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In present system the w revenue is being collected at the point of manufacture. The Government is at its top position of blocking leakages and collecting revenue.lt;br/gt; It should concentrate in blocking smuggled goods from neighbouring states.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Elimiination of wrs will only give rise to BABU RAAJ and landing thousands of peolpe jobless.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lets see what the Government has to say?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whether it is going to take decision by being practical or go some groups with vested interset?
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        BLACKPAT
        Aug 16, 2017 at 5:15 pm
        THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO BUSINESS, AND TO EARN A LIVING.
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