The Tamil Nadu government issued a new order on Wednesday which states that liquor prices in the state will be hiked by 15% to a maximum of Rs. 20 per 180 ml bottle. The decision to hike the prices of alcohol has come a day after the TN govt had announced that liquor shops will be reopening across the state on May 7 excluding Chennai city due to the sharp rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases. The newly-announced hike, which incidentally is the second revision in the past four months, is said to bring in the state government a revenue of Rs. 2,500 crore by the end of the ongoing financial year.

Coronavirus Lockdown | Liquor prices hiked in Tamil Nadu

The statement issued by the TN government elaborated the excise rates on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) saying the 15% hike will be in tune to a Rs. 20 increase for a 180 ml liquor bottle of a premium brand while the IMFL price of Rs. 10 per 18 0ml bottle will be applicable on normal alcohol varieties. As a result, drinkers will now have to spend an extra amount of up to Rs. 40 to Rs. 80 to buy a full liquor bottle (750 ml). Reports state the Tamil Nadu government is facing a tough time as the state-run TASMAC outlets shut down since the coronavirus lockdown on March 25 has led to losses of as much as Rs. 90 crore on a daily basis and in total of up to Rs 3,600 crore.

Coronavirus Lockdown | Liquor prices hiked in Tamil Nadu