Chandigarh, July 11 – Principal Secretary, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi said that at present there are 37 dark zones in Haryana where there is shortage of water and the Department has been providing up to 85 per cent subsidy in these areas. He said that for these schemes, the government has provided Rs 435 crore to the Department.
Dr. Likhi gave this information while interacting with a group of farmers at Nizampur in district Mahendragarh today.
Giving information about the schemes implemented by the Department for the farmers, Dr Likhi said that the Department has been providing subsidy on micro irrigation schemes such as drip irrigation and underground pipeline. He said that farmers should avail benefits of these schemes.
Chandigarh, July 11–The Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, has said that budgetary estimate for the Excise Department for 2018-19 had been fixed at Rs 6,000 crore. In the first quarter, ended June 30, 2018, the department has been able to realize the target of approximately Rs 2,021 crore, thereby indicating a robust revenue growth in the financial year 2018-19. The corresponding figure for the first quarter of 2017-18 was Rs 1,649.47 crore.
Addressing a press conference here today, he said that allotment of liquor vends had been done through e-tendering for the fourth successive year. The allotment process was done online without any manual intervention. The system of e-tendering has brought transparency in the allotment of liquor vends.
The concept of composite vends, selling IMFL and CL from the same retail outlet, introduced in 2017-18, had brought down the number of retail outlets from 3,491 in 2016-17 to 2,323 in 2017-18, which reprents a reduction of 33.45 per cent. During 2018-19, the total number of vends has been reduced to 2168, 37.89 per cent less than in 2016-17.
The policy for grant of licence for Imported Foreign Liquor (Bottled in Origin) was revised in 2017-18. The revision in the process by way of transparent bidding led to an increase in revenue by 240 per cent from Rs 30 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 102 crore in 2017-18. This is expected to increase further to Rs. 120 crore in 2018-19.
Capt Abhimanyu said during 2018-19, a total of 364 zones were allotted by way of e-tendering up to March 31. 2018. Total revenue of approximately Rs 3,501 crore has been realised as license fee by e-bidding of these 364 zones. The license fee of these zones realized this year is 13.44 per cent higher than the license fee received during the year 2017-18.
He said displaying enhanced sensitivity to the wishes of the elected panchayats, the department acceded to the request of 185 panchayats by not opening liquor vends in the villages concerned.
In 2018-19, liquor vends were not allowed to be opened in 190 panchayats. The orders passed by the apex court with regard to sale of liquor on NH/SH are being complied with in letter and spirit. No vend is being allowed to operate within a distance of 500 meter from NH/SH outside the MC limits.
Directions had been issued to all DETCs (Excise) in the state to ensure that the sale invoice was issued on purchase of every bottle from retail vend. In case of violation of this provision by the licensee, a fine of Rs.500 per default is being imposed, the minister added.