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Liquor Turns Costlier In Punjab As Government Levies ‘Covid Cess’ On Alcohol

Lawstreet Journal 3 Jun 2020 8:23pm

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On 1st June 2020 in Punjab, liquor turned costlier as the state government decided to levy additional excise duty and an assessed fee ranging from Rs 2 to Rs 50 in lieu of ‘COVID Cess’ on alcohol. The said amount collected in form of additional taxes would be utilised for COVID-19 related expenditure. 

The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh in an interview stated, “We have decided to levy additional excise duty and assessed fee in lieu of ‘COVID Cess’ on liquor with effect from June 1, 2020 These would range from Rs 2 to Rs 50 depending on the type and size of the item. The amount collected will be used for COVID-19 related expenditure.” 

Similarly, the Chief Minister had announced immediate opening up of shops, including liquor shops from June 1, 2020 in the non-containment zones from 7 am to 7 pm subject to compliance of the SOP as issued by the Health Department, Punjab. 

It has also been reported that this new COVID cess that will be imposed from June 1, 2020 will have the Punjab Made Liquor to cost around Rs 5 per quart or Rs 3 per pint; the IMFL would cost about Rs 10 per quart and Rs 6 per pint and that prices have been increased by Rs 5 for every 650 ml and wine by Rs 10 for every 650 ml. Similarly the ready to drink alcohol prices have also attracted additional excise duty of Rs 5 per bottle. 

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