Delhi govt to withdraw 'special corona fee' on liquor from June 10

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india Updated: Jun 07, 2020 12:26 IST

The fee was approved by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal last month and a notification was later issued by the Delhi government’s finance department. The fee was approved by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal last month and a notification was later issued by the Delhi government’s finance department.(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

The Delhi government has decided to withdraw the ‘special corona fee’ levied of 70% of the maximum retail price on all categories of liquor. The withdrawal will come into effect from June 10, news agency ANI reported.

The fee was approved by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal last month and a notification was later issued by the Delhi government’s finance department.

Senior government officials had said that the lockdown since March 25 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 cost the Delhi government around Rs 645 crore in revenue from the sale of alcohol, when calculated on the basis of revised estimates in the 2019-20 state budget.

The decision was taken to boost the government revenue but had resulted in a steep rise in the prices of retails liquor bottle.

The special coronav fees came into effect as the liquor shops opened in the national capital in accordance with the lockdown relaxations given by the Union home ministry.

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