Karnataka budget: Excise duty on liquor hiked

Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the state finance minister, said there would be an eight per cent increase in excise duty on Indian made liquor from the second slab onwards.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2018 18:07 IST
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah arrives at Vidhana Soudha to present the state budget in Bengaluru on Friday. (PTI)

Tipplers would have to shell out more in Karnataka as the government on Friday announced an increase in excise duty on liquor by eight per cent in the budget for 2018-19.

“I propose to increase the existing rates of additional excise duty on IMFL by eight per cent from second slab to 18th slab,” chief minister Siddaramaiah said presenting the budget in the legislative assembly. With effective enforcement and regulatory measures, the department would be achieving the target of Rs 18,750 cores fixed for 2018-19 financial year, Siddaramaiah said presenting his record 13th state budget in his more than 35-years of political career.

He said the government had fixed a revenue target of Rs 18,050 crore for the excise department for 2017-18, however, at the end of January, Rs 14,572 crore has been collected.

He said due to the Supreme Court order regarding location of shops on highways, during July, August and September, more than 3,000 excise licences were affected and were not renewed and closed.

“The apex court order was implemented and such non-renewed and closed licences were renewed in the subsequent months. For this reason, we expect to mobilise revenue of Rs 17,600 crore for the current financial year,” he said.

The government in the last budget too, had increased the additional excise duty on liquor to 21 per cent from 18 per cent, while abolishing VAT of 5.5 per cent on beer, wine and hard liquors, which led to an increase in the price of liquor between four per cent and 12 per cent.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 18:07 IST