Formal decision expected to be taken by cabinet in its meeting today
As done by some other states, the Uttarakhand government is also planning to impose COVID-19 cess on sale of liquor in the state. It is learnt that the government would charge Rs 20-30 on every bottle of liquor to add to its kitty for anti COVID-19 measures. A formal decision in this regard is expected to be taken in the meeting of the state cabinet scheduled on Thursday. The excise commissioner, Sushil Kumar told The Pioneer that the department has prepared a proposal in this regard. He however refused to divulge details of the proposal sent by the department to the government. Kumar informed that 421 liquor shops out of total 504 in the state are open now. He added that the officers of the department have been asked to ensure that the sale of the liquor takes place on the new rates. “We have asked them to paste a sticker of new price on every bottle and also display new rate list prominently at every shop,’’ he said.
The excise commissioner said that the department is planning to ensure that 153 shops which were not auctioned earlier start functioning as well. On surging crowds of liquor aficionados outside the liquor shops, the Commissioner said that the social distancing norms should be adhered to in the shops. He said that the liquor shops would remain open so people should not engage in panic buying.
Thursday, 07 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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