Delhi Government imposed 70% `Coronavirus Tax` on liquor
Published: 12:03 PM, 6 May 2020
The Delhi government on Monday imposed a “special corona fee” of 70% of the MRP on all categories of liquor that will be sold in the city with effect from Tuesday.
In a late night notification, the Finance Department of the Delhi government said, "70 per cent of the maximum retail price (will be levied) on all categories of liquor sold through retail licensees for consumption..."
For instance, a liquor bottle with a maximum retail price of Rs 1,000 earlier, will now cost Rs 1,700 in the city.
Earlier in the day, CM Arvind Kejriwal said all relaxations in the areas where people violate social-distancing and other health norms will be withdrawn.
Government officials said the lockdown had helped avert a surge of infections that could have overwhelmed medical services. Now cases are doubling every 12 days, up from 3.4 days when the lockdown began, said Lav Agarwal, a joint secretary in the health ministry.
“Lockdown and containment are yielding results, the challenge is now to improve on the doubling rate,” he added.