Lucknow: As the state cabinet promulgated the Uttar Pradesh Excise (Grant of Bar Licences) Rules, 2020, you can now expect to be served liquor in airport lounges, special trains and cruises. Also Read - UP Ward Boy Dies of Heart Attack, Claim Officials; Family Alleges His Condition Deteriorated After Coronavirus Vaccination

The new rules also allow for taking special liquor permits online, for a period of six consecutive hours from 8 am to midnight, extendable by an hour with the prior approval of the licensing authority on payment of additional license fees. Until now, the temporary liquor license would be issued for just three hours — from 8 pm 11 pm — for parties and weddings, and require a long procedure. Also Read - Muslims Who Say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram' Will be Honoured: UP Minister

The new bar licensing rules, aimed at simplifying the complex licensing process and devolving the power in line with the ease of doing business doctrine, were approved by the state cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday, the statement said. Also Read - Ward Boy, 46, Dies Day After Taking Shot of Covishield Vaccine in UP's Moradabad

As per old rules, the bar licenses were accorded by the state government on the recommendation of a committee headed by divisional commissioner, the statement said.

The new rules now provide for the grant of licenses by the divisional commissioner himself on the recommendation of a committee headed by the district magistrate, it added.

In case of any grievance against the decision of the district-level bar licensing committee, one can now challenge it before the divisional commissioner, the statement said.

Earlier, the applicant had to pay the licensing for entire fiscal irrespective of the date of the grant of license but as per the new rules, the applicant will have to pay the fee only for the remainder of the fiscal, the statement added.

For promoting tourism, bar licenses for airport lounges, special trains and domestic and international cruises would be provided, said the statement, adding bar and club license premises would be geotagged too now.

The new rules regarding penalties and compounding are also fair and just, said the statement, adding, no licensee would feel the brunt of penal action if he ensures compliance of the rules.

If a licensee is found indulging in activities like holding competitions of liquor consumption to boost sales, a fine of Rs 25,000 shall be imposed for the first offence and Rs 50,000 for the second offence but on the third offence, the license shall be cancelled, the statement said.

(With inputs from PTI)