Rashmi Ranjan

No new application for ‘ON’ shop license shall be accepted for rural areas in financial year 2023-24, as per the new excise policy, which was announced by the Odisha government on Thursday.

According to the new policy, for new ‘ON’ shop applications in urban areas, the license can be granted only for star hotels and other hotels having the minimum number of rooms decided by the Excide department.

In the new policy, the application fee for new/renewal of foreign liquor 'OFF' shops has been hiked to Rs 1.2 lakh from Rs 1.1 lakh. Similarly, the annual composite Label registration fee for FL OFF shops, FL ON shops for sale of all brands through the shop has been fixed at Rs 50,000.