Soon, shell out more for liquor, petrol

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT CHANDIGARH - Mu­niesh­wer A Sa­gar mu­niesh­wer.sa­gar@htlive.com

AS PAN­DEMIC HITS

REV­ENUE, CHANDI­GARH ADMN CON­SID­ER­ING AD­DI­TIONAL CESS ON LIQUOR AND FUEL

CHANDI­GARH: Get ready to shell out more money for liquor and fuel in Chandi­garh. The UT ad­min­is­tra­tion is ac­tively con­sid­er­ing levy­ing ad­di­tional cess on liquor, petrol and diesel for rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. A de­ci­sion in this re­gard was taken dur­ing the daily re­view meet­ing held un­der Pun­jab gov­er­nor and UT ad­min­is­tra­tor VP Singh Bad­nore on Tues­day.

A se­nior UT of­fi­cial said, “Rev­enue gen­er­a­tion has been hit hard amid the epi­demic. We are mulling over im­pos­ing ad­di­tional cess on liquor, diesel and petrol to gen­er­ate rev­enue. The fi­nance de­part­ment has been asked to work out de­tails for im­pos­ing this ad­di­tional cess.”

No­tably, petrol in Chandi­garh costs ₹65.82 per litre while diesel costs ₹59.30 per litre.

Con­firm­ing the de­ci­sion, Ajoy Ku­mar Sinha, UT’s fi­nance sec­re­tary, said that keep­ing in view the re­duced sources of rev­enue, some ad­di­tional cess could be con­sid­ered. The de­ci­sion on the rate of cess is also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

To gen­er­ate rev­enue, the Delhi gov­ern­ment has im­posed a 70 per­cent “special Corona fee” on sale of liquor be­sides rais­ing the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel. Haryana, too, has hiked VAT on fuel.

The UT ad­min­is­tra­tor has also di­rected that dis­count and con­ces­sion avail­able to con­sumers for timely pay­ment of prop­erty tax, wa­ter bills etc. should not be de­nied and last date of pay­ment be ex­tended ac­cord­ingly.

BOO K STORES TO OPEN EV­ERY DAY

Keep­ing in view the heavy rush of cus­tomers at book shops, the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided to ex­empt them from the odd-even stip­u­la­tion and al­low them to open on all days. This will help re­duce conges­tion at the stores.

Mean­while, there was marked fall in peo­ple queu­ing up out­side liquor vends on Tues­day from Mon­day night it­self.

Long wind­ing queues could be seen out­side liquor shops on Mon­day, which opened af­ter 41 days when the ad­min­is­tra­tion eased Covid-19 re­stric­tions from Mon­day. The ser­pen­tine queues at most vends, at some places more than a 100 peo­ple at a time on Mon­day, trick­led down to smaller queues with a hand­ful of peo­ple on Tues­day.

The vends are to open ac­cord­ing to the odd-even formula, with odd num­bered stores to open on odd dates, and even num­bered stores on even days. Liquor vends on roads di­vid­ing sec­tors, as well as those in the six con­tain­ment zones, are to re­main closed.

Of the 75 li­censed vends, 30 were open on Tues­day. Shop­keep­ers had to en­sure that not more than five per­sons be present at a time in the shop, with tim­ings fixed from 10 am to 6 pm. The shops had closed af­ter cur­few was im­posed in the city on March 24.

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