Restaurant owners of Gurugram can now take a sigh of relief as the Haryana government has allowed liquor after 5 pm on all dry days except Gandhi Jayanti. Only Gandhi Jayanti will be a completely dry day in Gurugram, according to a report by a national daily.
The changes in the policy came after the state government launched the new liquor licensing policy.
Gurugram currently has three days but the excise department has allowed liquor on Republic Day i.e 26th January and Independence Day that is 15th August after 5 pm.
Deputy excise and taxation commissioner, HC Dahiya said that Punjab will face similar changes in dry days where liquor will be allowed to be served on national holidays in the evening. He also added that it will further help the state to generate more revenue from it.
However, the alcohol is all set to become costlier with effect from April 1 in Haryana as the state cabinet has approved an increase in excise duty sale of liquor in the state. Also, it is noted that even after the hike; alcohol in Haryana will still be cheaper in comparison to nearby states like Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh. The excise policy for 2019-20 was passed by cabinet under CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday.