A total of 1240 licences for retail sale of liquor were affected and Rs 7 crore estimated revenue was expected to be lost following Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor on all National and State Highways in December 2016, Goa Assembly was informed on Thursday.
In a written reply tabled by Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “Pursuant to the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, vide Judgement dated 15/12/2016 and Orders dated 31/03/2017 and 11/07/2017, a total of 1240 licences for retail sale of liquor have been affected. Further, as per the decision taken by the Government, the measurement of location of the licences within the prohibited area, has been worked out considering access by road, by which 184 licences have got relief.”
“The expected loss on non-collection towards renewal of licence fees is estimated at Rs 200 lakhs, while on VAT collected on retail sale of liquor for consumption, is expected to be Rs 500 lakhs. At this stage, the revenue loss to individual licencees and their support staff is not readily available,” he said.
He said the Government had not received any request for help and support regarding ban on sale of liquor.