Claimed to be one the hotspots in India, Andhra Pradesh which now stood as the second worst-hit state in India has been recording not less than 8,000 cases from the past few weeks. Despite the increasing concerns over failing containment strategies, Andhra Pradesh government on Friday announced a shocking decision which anyway came as good news for crores of tipplers.
After nearly six months of closure due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the pandemic, the bars in Andhra Pradesh would be re-opened from Saturday. But here is the catch, why would the state government not bank on bars, one of the highest source of revenue..!
Jagan-led government has decided to levy a 20 per cent ‘COVID-19 fee’ on the basic licence of bars and also a 10 per cent additional retail excise tax on liquor. In the line of new orders, the licenses will be renewed from September 19 to June 30, 2021, for all 840 bars provided they pay the COVID fee and license fee.
With the renewed charges, the state would earn Rs 40 crore in the form of the COVID-19 fee and another Rs 300 crore as an additional retail excise tax. However, wine dealers association condemned the revised liquor tariff stating that it would hamper their business as customers will have to pay more.