BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: A day after the restriction on the sale of alcohol was lifted across the country, the Delhi government imposed a ‘special coronavirus fee’ of 70 percent on maximum retail price (MRP) starting May 5.
But, the 70 per cent hike in liquor prices could not deter the high-spirited men from thronging the liquor shops, who came in large number before sunrise. And what more they did not follow the social distancing norms. In some places, the police had to lathicharge to control the crowds.
The Delhi government issued a notification that levied a ‘special coronavirus fee’ to the tune of ’70 percent of the maximum retail price on all categories of liquor sold through retail licensees for consumption ‘off’ the premises.’
This would mean that a bottle of liquor costing Rs 100 would now cost Rs 170.
“You are hereby directed to collect the Special Corona Fee at 70 percent of the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on all categories of liquor sold in NCT of Delhi through your retail vends with immediate effect. Further, the daily sale shall be compiled vend-wise by each licensee and a consolidated statement be submitted to this Department on a daily basis. The collected Special Corona Fee shall be reimbursed to the Government on weekly basis,” read the order dated May 4.
Delhi government will charge 70% extra tax on liquor from Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Calling the new tax “special corona fee”. The shops to remain open from 9 am to 6:30 pm. pic.twitter.com/Rn5cbRKZTs
— Sayantan Ghosh (@sayantan_gh) May 4, 2020
More than 150 government-run liquor shops have been permitted to stay open in the Capital between 9 am and 6 pm, following the Centre’s latest guidelines.
The Capital has reported 4,549 cases of the coronavirus and 64 deaths on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Across India, 42,836 cases have been reported and 1,389 people have died.
Also, India has recorded the highest spike in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths in a single day on Tuesday as 3,900 new cases were reported and 195 COVID-19 patients died in hospitals in the last 24 hours.