Liquor vends in Punjab, Haryana to issue bills to customers April 1 onwards to check adulterated liquor & for uniform pricing

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A variety of liquor and wine bottles on a lit bar

The Hush Post: Ever sparred with a liquor vendor over the price of your favourite booze? If yes, then this news is for you. Come April 1 and liquor vends in Punjab and Haryana will have to issue invoices for all their sales to customers. The bills will have to be generated irrespective of the amount of sale. This comes after Punjab and Haryana High Court in its order on Tuesday directed the Punjab and Haryana governments to ‘make it obligatory for the liquor vends to issue invoices for all the sales effected by them from year 2018-19 onwards’.

The division bench of Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Anupinder Singh Grewal passed the judgement on a PIL filed by road safety activist Harman Singh Sidhu-led Arrive Safe Society. Sidhu had sought provisions for mandatory issuance of bills at all the liquor vends.

The division bench also rejected the Haryana government’s contention that courts should not interfere in policy decisions of the state.

The High Court’s decision will not only bring about uniform liquor prices across the state, it will also help those who want to complain of adulteration, but can’t, owing to unavailability of an invoice.

While the Haryana government has already incorporated such a provision in its 2017-2018 excise policy before the court’s decison, the Punjab government will have to frame the rules by April 1.

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