The Maharashtra authorities collected Rs 11 crore in income on day certainly one of liquor sale after relaxations in COVID-19 lockdown have been introduced, a prime official mentioned on Tuesday.
Liquor retailers have bought round 4 lakh litres of assorted manufacturers of IMFL (Indian-made overseas liquor) within the state, he mentioned.
Following relaxations in lockdown norms, lengthy queues of tipplers have been seen exterior standalone liquor retailers on Monday in varied elements of Maharashtra although authorities in some districts determined to not allow alcohol sale.
All liquor retailers have been closed ever since a nationwide lockdown was imposed throughout the nation on March 25 to halt the unfold of coronavirus. The lockdown was prolonged until Could 17, however standalone liquor retailers have been permitted to function as a part of relaxations by the state authorities.
The governments determination noticed numerous tipplers queuing up exterior liquor retailers throughout the state on Monday in addition to on Tuesday.
“As per major data, liquor retailers have bought round 4 lakh litres of assorted manufacturers of IMFL. We appeared to have acquired Rs 11 crore from sale and excise obligation of assorted kinds of liquor”, mentioned Kantilal Umap, state excise commissioner.
“Eating places and allow rooms within the state aren’t functioning as of now; thus this revenue is barely from the sale of IMFL from standalone counters”, Mr Umap mentioned.
Maharashtra earns Rs 25,500 crore from sale and excise obligation on varied kinds of liquor, beer and wine yearly, the commissioner mentioned.
Nonetheless, every day common income is of Rs 78 crore on a standard day, he mentioned.
Nonetheless, some district collectors have determined to not open liquor retailers of their respective jurisdiction.
On Monday, police resorted to gentle lathi-charge at some locations, together with Kolhapur and Pune, to disperse individuals gathered exterior liquor shops.