Nasik District Industries & Exporters’ Association (NDIEA) will organise a one-day conference on challenges before wine industry next month in Nashik.

The state minister for revenue, agriculture and excise Eknath Khadse and local MP Harischandra Chavan are to be invited for the conference, which is to be held, next month. The objective is to make the government aware about various issues concerning wineries.

Speaking to TOI, Ramesh Pawar, president, NDIEA, said, “We are holding one day conference on challenges before the wine industry. Various challenges faced by the wine industry are to be discussed during the conference. We are inviting the revenue, agriculture and excise minister Eknath Khadse and the date for the conference is to be finalised in a week.” He added, “The newly appointed office-bearers of the All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) are also to be felicitated on the occasion.”

Informing about various issues of the wine industry, Pawar said, “When the wine stock is to be removed from winery the state excise department’s permission is required and official fee of Rs 1,740 is charged. It also requires presence of the state excise department inspector. This system is the biggest hurdle for removing wine stock. Hence, we should be allowed self-removal system and maintain the record as there is no revenue loss, as there is no excise duty on wine.”

He added, “There is need to reduce license fees of the excise department for new wineries from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,000 at par with Karnatka state and setting up new wine board of the state on the lines of that of Karnataka to address the issues of the wineries, issuance of license for wine shops and other issues.”

There are total 75 wineries across the state, including 37 wineries in Nashik district. The wineries have been demanding new wine policy on the likes of that of Karnataka.



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