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No liquor licence issued to any MP – Fin. Ministry

Although liquor licences have been granted to Sri Lanka Tourism-certified hotels since 2015 with the intention of developing the tourism industry, no member of the present Parliament has been issued liquor licences since 2015, the Finance Ministry said in a statement issued yesterday.

The statement added that altogether there were 4,910 liquor shops in the country today. Among them were 1,100 retail shops, 1,567 liquor shops under hotel licences, and 554 shops with restaurant licences. Additionally, the Excise Department had issued licences for 368 wine and beer shops and 200 toddy taverns.

There were also 1,080 foreign liquor shops in the country.

Anyone can obtain a liquor licence from the Excise Department under its terms and conditions. Such a person should be a taxpayer who has not been found guilty of any crime during the previous five years.

A liquor shop should be situated away from places of worship or schools, from a specified distance.

A person applying for a liquor licence should ensure that police and divisional secretary reports certifying that the stipulated conditions have been met, are filed with the application form.

The Excise Commissioner General and the Minister in charge of the subject are empowered to issue a liquor licence to any one meeting the relevant terms and conditions taking into account the provisions of the Excise Ordinance and Excise notices.

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