The Samajwadi Party government Tuesday sought to fulfil one more promise that it had made in the run-up to the last assembly elections and approved to bring down the retail prices of the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) by 25 per cent from April 1.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the state cabinet, presided buy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Sources in the government said that the decision aims at increasing the revenue through increased sales and will help the state compete with neighbouring Haryana and Delhi.
“The duty has been decreased by about 28 per cent, which will bring down the retail price of IMFL in the state by 25 per cent,” confirmed Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary, Information, UP Government.
In 2012, while addressing an election rally in Aligarh, Akhilesh had hit out at the then Mayawati government for increasing the price of liquor in the state. “Is sarkar mein to aapki shaam ki dawa bhi mahengi ho gayi gai….Hum agar sarkar bayenge to yeh nishchit karenge ki aapki dawai to kum se kum mehengi na ho” (In BSP government, prices of your evening medicine (liquor) have gone up…If I form government, I will ensure that your evening medicine’s prices are not high), Akhilesh had said without using the term liquor.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also approval a new excise policy for financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18. Under the excise policy, licencing and wholesale licencing of country-made liquor, IMFL, beer and model shops would be done on a renewal basis. The target revenue for the 2016-17, under the new policy, is expected to be Rs 19,250 crore and Rs 20,746 crore for 2017-18.
Among other decisions, the cabinet also approved a proposal for undertaking Metro rail projects in Kanpur and Varanasi on DMRC model of equity sharing basis with the central government. It also gave nod to appoint Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation as interim consultant for initial survey and planning of the two projects.
In a major decision, the cabinet approved the proposal to form set rules for purchase of land under Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway industrial development authorities through mutual agreement. In the recent past, UP government has purchased land for its projects, including Lucknow-Agra Expressway, through mutual agreement with the farmers. To bring uniformity under the process, it has been decided that a committee headed by CEO of these authorities would decide the rate of purchase of land and the amount will be electronically transferred into the beneficiary’s account.
The revised draft of the “Uttar Pradesh Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishment Bill- 2016” was also cleared by the Cabinet and will now be placed in the Assembly.
Nod to put speed governors in transport vehicles
Rs 141-crore Mughal museum in Agra
VAT exemption to machinery using 100 per cent bio-fuel
LED bulbs made VAT free
Nod to include Faizabad, Varanasi and Shahjahanpur in the UP Sodic land reclamation project-III and extending the “Ravines Pilot project” to another 10 districts in the state including Etawah, Auraiya, Firozabad, Barabanki, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur Sultanpur and Rae Bareli
The new Uttar Pradesh Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises Policy-2016 also cleared under which government would act as a facilitator
A World Trade Organisation Cell and Intellectual Property Rights Cell to be constituted in UP Export Promotion Bureau to help MSMEs.
A new campus of Institute of Design to be opened in Lucknow
Four-laning of road connecting Lumbini-Dudhi in Mirzapur district to Vindhyachal Mandir with the estimated cost of about Rs 84 crore approved