Delhi Govt to Charge 70% More Tax on Alcohol

Delhi govt has announced to charge 70% more tax on all types of alcohol. It's a step taken to control large crowds and also boost economy.

India has been under lockdown since March 25 and it has affected its economy a lot. With a 40 days ban on all types of liquor and alcohol, India has suffered a blow of around Rs 645 crore in revenue from the sale of alcohol. On Monday, the Delhi government announced a 70% special corona tax on all types of alcohol being sold.

Most of the states rely on taxes and are running short of findings. To overcome that, authorities have imposed a 70% fee on the minimum retail price of alcohol in Delhi. For instance, a liquor bottle with a pre-tax MRP of Rs 1,000 will now cost Rs 1,700. After the 40 days gap, Delhi is trying to overcome the loss by adding an additional fee.

This will also help in implementing social distancing guidelines as many would opt to not buy due to the sudden price hike. The ease in lockdown and relaxation has been given after 6 weeks.

Arvind Kejriwal, the state’s chief minister said:

“It was unfortunate that chaos was seen at some shops in Delhi. If we come to know about violations of social distancing and other norms from any area, then we will have to seal the area and revoke the relaxations there,”

The cases in India keep increasing and have reached 46,476, with 12,849 recoveries and 32,056 active cases. India’s average daily increase in cases has been 6.1 over the past week. The curve had not shown a downward trend and kept increasing. However, India is also trying its best to tackle the situation.

The curve has not shown a downward trend. That is cause for concern,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, director of New Delhi’s premier All-India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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