Liquor gets dearer in HP

Liquor gets dearer in HP

Shimla, All brands of liquor became dearer in the state of Himachal Pradesh as government has decided to hike excise duty by five per cent with immediate effect, a notification issued by the government here said. 'State decided to hike the excise duty by 5 percent to increase collection of tax by 1625 Cr against present target of 1510 Cr', official sources told UNI on Monday. This is the second hike of five per cent last four months. The cost of country made liquor will get costlier by Rs 12 to 15 per litre while the cost of English or foreign brand have also increased by Rs 13 to 15 per litre. State Government after taking Charge and during financial year 2018-19 decided to levy Rs 1 cess ( 'Gau vansh vikas cess) on the sale of every bottle of liquor to generate revenue for the maintenance of Gaushalas (cow shelters) in the state. The Excise and Taxation department also collected Rs 6421.55 crores to state exchequer during the financial year 2018-19 against the target of Rs. 5860.63 crores whereas the department has collected Rs 1159.74 crores up to May 2019 during the current fiscal year. The government has also decided to also levy 15 per cent tax from the various temple trust to set up cow shelters in the state. It was called Govansh Samvardhan Cess.

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