Odisha reduces “special Covid fees” on alcoholic beverages by 35% during sales downturn


The “special Covid fees” on alcohol helped Odisha generate income of Rs 200 crores. (Representative)


The Odisha government has reduced the “special Covid tariff” from 50% of the MRP on alcoholic beverages to 15%.

In a statement, the state excise department said that only 15% of “special convocation costs” would be charged on the MRP of various alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine, instead of the previous rate of 50 %.

The “Special Covid Fee” has helped the Odisha government generate income of Rs 200 crores.

“Taking into account the MRP of alcoholic beverages in force in other States and in particular in neighboring States and in order to ensure that no unpaid beverages from outside the State enter Odisha due to the price difference, the government has decided to revise the MRP of these alcoholic beverages sold in the state by rationalizing the rate of “Special Covid Fee” billed “, according to a statement from the excise service.

“For this purpose, a revision of the” special convocation costs “is carried out so that the MRP of various brands of beer / wine / RTD FMFU IMFU is increased by about 15% compared to the MRP in force of 2019-2020 for most products (instead of the current 50% increase) wef 10.07.2020 “, he said.


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