Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2020

Andhra hikes tax on booze to 75 percent to discourage tipplers to buy liquor

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced another hike in liquor prices by 50 per cent, just a day after imposing a 25 per cent increase as shops were reopened in view of relaxation given amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The price hike has been imposed to discourage alcohol consumption,” says Andra CMO.

The government said that the decision has been taken as a step towards “discouraging tipplers to buy liquor”.

With 50 per cent hike in liquor prices, overall booze rates have shot up by 75 per cent. The new rates will come into effect from this afternoon.

The government has decided to reduce the number of liquor stores by 15 per cent by the end of this month, the government said in a statement.

ANI

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