Tamil Nadu government hikes excise duty on liquor by 15 per cent

South India

Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday has announced hike of 15 per cent Excise Duty on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).


With a 15 per cent  increase on excise duty on IMFL, the retail price of a 180 ml normal liquor bottle will increase by Rs 10 whereas retail price of medium and premium liquor of the same quantity would increase by upto Rs 20.  

The Tamil Nadu government already ordered opening of state-run liquor shops from May 7, except in COVID19 containment zones. The shops will function between 10 am and 5 pm.

The liquor retail in Tamil Nadu is a state monopoly run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation or popularly known as TASMAC.

On Tuesday, the state govermnent announced that the TASMAC outlets will not open in Chennai district until a new date is announced, owing to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the district.

With 2,958 new cases in 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 49,436, and with 126 more people having lost their lives to the infection, the country's death toll at present is 1,695.

Maharashtra, the most affected state in India, now has 15,525 corona cases, with an addition of 986 on May 5. 

Tamil Nadu, which recently witnessed a sudden surge in the number of cases, now has 4,058 cases. It again saw more than 500 cases in a single day on Tuesday.


With inputs from Agency

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