Many states reduce excise duty on mild beer, make retailing easier

Beer to be allowed in certain offices in Haryana, other states allow its sale in stores and malls

Sharleen Dsouza Mumbai
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The state of Haryana has reduced the excise duty on super mild beers and draught beer and has also reduced the fee for beer-and-wine-only pub licences by 20 per cent. The state has also allowed people in large offices (those with more than 5,000 employees and a minimum covered area of 100,000 sq ft in a single premises) to consume beer, wine and low alcohol-content beverages. But it is not the only state that has reduced excise duties on mild beers.

Other states like Punjab and Uttarakhand have made buying beer more accessible and some like Odisha,  Rajasthan have kept excise duties unchanged on beer for 2023-24.
Some states have increased the excise duty on hard spirits, widening the gap between the excise duty on beer and hard spirits.
Haryana has also increased the excise duty on strong beer. The duty on spirits has been increased for the second year in a row.

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First Published: May 14 2023 | 7:22 PM IST

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