Subsidized Liquor Quota for Indian Armed Forces

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 10th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3_sae5lz/
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Liquor quota at subsidized rates is a unique perk in the Indian armed forces. This is accepted by the nation as an essential requirement and a perk of being a soldier.

Subsidized Liquor Quota for Indian Armed Forces Officers and Men

India must be one of the few countries in the world to have a liquor quota for its officers and soldiers. The genesis of this quota is from the days of the Raj when the British officer serving in India away from home was given a certain amount of alcoholic drinks free at subsidized cost.

After India became free the Government of India thought it a good idea to have a liquor quota for the officers and soldiers. According the following were incorporated

a) A bar day was set up twice a week for the airmen. Two large pegs of rum at subsidized rates are made available to the airmen. Earlier only Rum was served to the airmen but now a limited quantity of whisky is also available. An officer is detailed to supervise the bar day and he ensures that not more than 2 pegs are consumed by an individual. But there are cases on the sly of individuals who are non-drinkers giving their quota to drinkers. The bar day is only for bachelors who reside in the Airmen’s mess.

The system of bar days is ingrained into the Indian armed forces and the timings and dates of the bar days are published in the Station Routine Orders
What are the Quotas

b) Married personnel from the ranks are entitled from 2 to 4 bottles of whisky / rum as per rank per month at subsidized cost from the canteen stores department (CSD) liquor counter. They can collect their quota by showing their smart card and take it home.

c) Officers are given special privileges as far as liquor is concerned. All officers up to the rank of Brigadier were earlier entitled to 12 units of liquor per month. One unit is equivalent to one bottle of hard liquor like whisky/ Gin/Rum/ wine or 4 bottles of beer. This is now reduced to 10 units per month. An officer can also draw scotch against his quota of 10 bottles. Officers of the rank of general and above are entitled to 14 units per month.

It must be understood that the liquor made available to service personnel is devoid of excise, sales tax and VAT. The most heavily subsidized is rum which is available at ¼ of the price in the open market. In addition to the monthly liquor quota officers can also enjoy drinks at the various services clubs. This is in addition to the CSD quota. Any unused liquor quota cannot be carried forward
Last word

In India there is no discussion on or debate on this liquor quota for service personnel and it is thought of as a legitimate perk of service. In 1975-77 during a brief stint by the Gandhian Prime Minister Morarji Desia there was talk of curtailing this liquor quota but it lapsed with his defeat in the general election.

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Beer And Whiskey, Indian Army, Quota

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting continued legacy from the days of "Raj"!

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author avatar Madan G Singh
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Ptrikha

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author avatar Mariah
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Well why not I say..give the boys
a subsidised drink if they want one..they earned it.
Good read Madan

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author avatar Madan G Singh
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar Madan G Singh
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Fern

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2013 (#)

I hope they don't fly while under the influence of alcohol - siva

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author avatar Madan G Singh
12th Nov 2013 (#)

No No, there is a medical check before each sortie and in case any alcohal is detected, you are taken off the flying program for the day.

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author avatar Carol
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Interesting , many thanks Madan

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author avatar micheal
12th Nov 2013 (#)

good post

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Most interesting indeed.Its nice to know that soldiers in their various ranks are appreciated.I hope more perks are considered.

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