Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government hiked the duty on liquor by 35 to 10 per cent to mop up additional revenue to fight against Covid-19.
This will result in increased price of all types of liquors including beer.
Once the liquor stores are open, the new tax will come into force.
As per the decision, the price of the liquor which cost over Rs 400 per case will see an increase of 35 per cent, while the price of a case which costs below Rs 400 will be slapped 10 per cent hike in duty.
In short, beer is likely to witness a rise of up to Rs 50 per bottle.
The hike is suggested for Indian-made foreign liquor, while foreign-made foreign liquor will be exempted from the purview of hike.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday asked states to consider non-direct contact or online sales and home delivery of liquor during the lockdown period to prevent the spread of coronavirus on account of crowding at the shops.