Ferozepur:A big blow for the Excise department as it could not take the wine contractors of Ferozepur and Fazilaka districts in its confidence due to which the department had to cancel the auction/draw of wine contracts for the session 2017-18 on Wednesday. The auction/draw was cancelled due to the less applications received for the wine contracts.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Excise Department had fixed the Krishna Resorts in Ferozepur as its venue and 29th March was confirmed as the auction date. Both the districts were divided into four groups each. Only 22 applications could be received by the department in Ferozepur district among which one application was received from Guruharsahai block and remaining 21 applications from Zira block. None of the applicant applied from Ferozepur city block and the Ferozepur Cantt block. Due to which the department had no other option, but to cancel the auction/draw on Wednesday and had to postpone till 31st of March. It was also to be mention that this draw was to be conducted in the presence of the Joint Director Jalandhar HP Luthra DTC Jaswinder Singh on Wednesday, but due to no applicant from two blocks of Ferozepur City and Ferozepur Cantt and only one applicant from Guruharsahai, it could not be possible.
On the other hand in Fazilaka district also the position was not so different as one each application was received from Fazilaka block and Jalalabad block, where as there were total seven applications from Abohar one and Abohar two blocks.
As per sources the contractors were not satisfied with the current excise policy of the department as the Excise Department itself had increased the 24 percent rates in Desi wine and 20 percent in the English wine.
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