Bhubaneswar: The State Government today announced a reduction in the Special COVID Fee on liquor from 50 per cent to 15 per cent. According to a circular issued by the Excise Department, the
Special COVID Fee on FMFL / IMFL / Wine / Beer and Ready to drink (RTD) will be 15 per cent on the MRP of the product from 10th July onward.
So far, Rs 200 crore has been generated as revenue through the Special COVID Fee on liquor in Odisha. According to the Excise Department, the decision was taken considering the MRP of liquor in other States, specifically the neighbouring States. It was also done to ensure that no non-duty paid piquor from outside the State enters Odisha.
“Due to price differential Government has decided to revise the MRP of these alcoholic beverages sold in the State by rationalizing the rate of ‘Special Covid Fee’ charged,” the Department stated. The brand wise revised MRP of these products are being notified by OSBC and will be available in the Corporation’s website – www.osbc.co.in.
Odisha Government imposed Special COVID Fee on alcoholic beverages in May, 2020 over and above tax rates of 2020-21, resulting in an increase of MRP by approximately 50% for most of the alcoholic beverages (IMFL & Beer) compared to 2019-20.
Besides, to avoid overcrowding in liquor shops, the Government initially allowed liquor licensees to continue with home delivery of liquor. This was later followed by counter sale allowed from July 1 onward.