However, the department's proposal is yet to be given go-ahead by the government.
According to the proposal, which is likely to be put before the Cabinet soon, the new age limit will only be applicable for consumption of wine and beer, whereas the legal drinking age for hard liquor like rum, gin, whisky and vodka remains 25 years.

According to sources, the Excise Department has cited that the same age limit (21 years) is in force in many states. Mumbai also has similar rule which allows those above 21 years old to buy and consume beer.

They also said that if this proposal gets the government nod, it might be tabled in the upcoming Budget Session scheduled to be held later this month.

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