A ‘Special Corona Fees’ of 70% tax on Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of the liquor has been imposed by the Delhi Government. This new price will be in effect from Tuesday.
Liquor in Delhi to cost 70% more from today: special ‘Corona Fee’ on MRP
To provide a booster to the government’s depleting coffers, around 150 liquor shops have been opened in Delhi, which has been crippled due to the lockdown imposed.
But as soon as the liquor shops were opened it was forced shut down because people who came to buy liquors did not follow social distancing and police had to even use a mild force in order to disperse the gathered crowd.
In the morning people were gathered in huge numbers and stood in the queue in front of liquor shops.
Since people were crowding in huge numbers, violating all social distancing norms, the Delhi Police’s Special Branch prepared a report and suggested that the timing for the sale of alcohol should be extended to avoid crowding at the outlets.
Earlier, the timings of the liquor shops were from 10 am to 7 pm.
As per an official, around one hundred and fifty government-run liquor shops have been allowed to open. The timing for them is from 9 am to 6.30 pm in accordance with the latest lockdown relaxations given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
A revenue of Rupees five thousand crores is earned by the Delhi government from the sale of liquor.
Four agencies run by the government to sell liquor have been directed by the Government to deploy required marshals at these shops.
In the city, there are in total eight hundred and fifty liquor shops which also include shops that are run by government agencies and private individuals. In an order earlier, the excise department also directed officials to identify liquor shops, which are being run by private individuals (L-7 licensee) and fulfill conditions that have been laid down by the MHA.
Only those liquor shops (L-6 and L-8) which are being run by four state-run agencies have been allowed to operate by the government so far.