Simple but Stricter: Gov’t to Issue Fewer Liquor Licenses

The government plans to simplify the liquor licensing system, albeit issue fewer licences, deputy minister for home affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun told the upper house of the parliament.

The general administration department under the Ministry of Home Affairs has the power to issue liquor licences. Last year, they issued 41 different types of liquor licences, but will only issue 30 different types this year.

“In the 2014-15 fiscal year, we issued fewer licences than the previous year. We are taking action against selling liquor without a licence,” said Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun.

During the term of the new government, in 2011-12 fiscal year, the government gave 4,130 licences. In 2012-13, 4,129 licences were awarded, and in 2013-14, 4,120 licences were awarded. In 2014-15, the number came down to 4,051. A liquor licence is only valid for one year.

“In many townships, some people have said that they will open a tea shop, but secretly sell liquor and beer. This kind of illegal shop is increasing. Residents complain to authorities, but they don’t take action effectively,” said a member of the parliament U Phone Myint Aung.

“Now, the rate of alcohol consumption is increasing, especially among younger people. But the quality of alcohol is decreasing,” he added.

The Internal Revenue Department levies a 60 percent tax for beer and liquor, while a 50 percent tax is collected from wine.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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