COVID-19 hits liquor economy: Centre sacrifices Rs 700 cr a day; here’s how states lost


New Delhi: With the extension of lockdown 3.zero to comprise coronavirus COVID-19, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued contemporary pointers permitting government-run liquor outlets to open with social distancing norms. The police in several states confronted a tough state of affairs to manage the unruly crowd. 

According to reviews, about 150 government-run liquor outlets have been allowed to open from 9 am to six.30 pm within the nationwide capital in accordance with the newest lockdown relaxations. 

Let us have have a look at the financial facet of liquor for various states, the rationale they requested the Centre to permit these outlets to open amid ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

The ban on liquor gross sales throughout the board is hitting the federal government to the tune of Rs 700 crore a day by way of lack of income, in response to trade representatives. The central authorities had prohibited the sale of liquor within the wake of COVID-19 lockdown introduced on March 24, inflicting a income lack of Rs 30,000 crore for states previously month and a half.

In the monetary yr 2019-20, totally different states budgeted for Rs 1.70 lakh crore by a tax on the sale of liquor. The taxes from liquor gross sales accounted for 15-25% of the state’s personal tax income.

In states like Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttarakhand, tax from liquor sale accounted for over 20% of their tax income, whereas the earnings of state excise in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Telangana comprised 15-20% of the states’ tax income.

However, the excise tax on liquor in Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu accounted for lower than 10% of the state complete assortment of tax income. 

The general proportion of taxes from liquor sale in states’ complete tax income come to single-digit primarily as a result of greater states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu get decrease tax assortment from the sale of liquor whereas Gujarat and Bihar earn no income because of a ban on liquor in these states.

Delhi, a Union Territory with increased than nationwide per capita earnings, earns over Rs 5,000 crore yearly from liquor gross sales. Karnataka too earned Rs 21,400 crore from liquor gross sales in 2019.

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