Liquor outlets to open in Kerala from Wednesday

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The Kerala Government has decided to open liquor outlets in the state from Wednesday with tokens to purchase liquor.

 

According to the Malayala Manorama report, the Kerala State Beverages Corporation (BEVCO) outlets, special counters at bars, and wine and beer parlours will open from Wednesday.

As per the report, tokens to purchase liquor will be issued through a mobile app. The app will help tipplers choose the nearest outlet that is less crowded. 

However, tipplers will now have to pay more for their favourite drink as the state government has decided to raise taxes on liquor by 10 to 35 per cent.

Taxes on wine and beer have been raised by 10 per cent, while an additional cess of 10 per cent will be levied on liquor bottles below 600ml. All other forms of alcohol will incur a 35 per cent tax.

Liquor sale, has been one of the prime sources of revenue for the Kerala government. In 2018-19, the state-run BEVCO, through its over 300 retail outlets, reported sales of Rs 14,502 crores.
 

 

With inputs from media  reports

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