Delhi Imposes 70% ‘Special Corona Fee’ On Liquor
People queue up to buy alcohol as liquor stores reopen in India. (Source: PTI)

Delhi Imposes 70% ‘Special Corona Fee’ On Liquor

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Liquor in Delhi will cost more from Tuesday as the government has decided to impose a 70 percent ‘Special Corona Fee’ on its sale in the national capital, sources said.

The move will boost government revenue, which has been hit hard due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown.

“70 percent ‘Special Corona Fee’ has been imposed on the MRP of liquor bottles. The new rate will be applicable from Tuesday,” a source said.

The idea was considered at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, the sources said.

Delhi has been under lockdown since March 23.

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On Sunday, Kejriwal had said that the government’s earnings and economy have been badly affected due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Citing revenue figures, he had said the Delhi government earned Rs 3,500 crore in April 2019, but only Rs 300 crore in April this year.

Neighbouring Haryana also is considering to impose a variable “Covid cess” on liquor to support the areas or institutions adversely hit by the pandemic, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala had said on Sunday.

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