Things are not the same in Telangana, one of the states which draw major revenues from liquor sale. Though the state government remained sceptical over opening the sales, the centre’s assurance seems to work well after which the state raised the bars for the retail liquor shops.
Despite the lockdown and social distancing norms across the state, the state has been reportedly drawing stable and all-time revenues in a short span of time. If the information is to be believed, the excise department has hit the thousand crore mark within a weeks span of time. With rumours that centre would soon shut down liquor shops, sales were seen doubled when compared to the normal days. It was also learnt that many boozers are buying alcohol in bulk and stocking them over lockdown uncertainty.
Telangana government which opened the sales from May 6th reportedly drew almost Rs 1,000 crores revenue until May 13th. From the morning till the morning of the 13th of this month, the sales of Telangana has been reported to be over 1000 crores. Which means the state generated 135 crores on average. Compared to the previous year, the state government reported the Rs 1,847 crores revenue in May.
Meanwhile, with the Supreme Court’s suggestion, the state government is looking into home delivery of alcohol. Speaking over the sane, Telangana Excise Minister Srinivas Goud stated that they would soon hold a meeting to discuss the possibilities of delivering alcohol to home amidst the increasing number of cases. States like Punjab, Chattisgarh has already started home delivery while Maharastra is on the verge of starting the service.