If one of your New Year resolutions is to drink less then you might just see the silver lining in this situation because buying alcohol in Maharastra is set to get comparatively more expensive. As of Jan 1, the government of the state has hiked the excise duty on liquor and issued a notification to amend the Maharashtra Potable Liquor Rules, 1996. Depending on what your choice of poison is, you can look at a rise in prices anywhere between 4 per cent to 25 per cent. Fans of premium and mid-sized Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) can expect a 20 per cent to 25 per cent increase in price, whereas smaller sized brands will see a 5 per cent rise. In other words, brands like Antiquity, Royal Stag, Teachers and VAT 69 will see a bigger hike. On the other hand, labels like Haywards and Bagpiper will not feel much of a pinch.
An excise department official told Hindustan Times that the hike in alcohol prices in Maharashtra has come in after a detailed study. And one of the main reasons for smaller sized brands not facing a larger hike is to avoid smuggling of alcohol to and from neighbouring states.
While the change is expected to bring the state government an additional revenue of ₹500 crore annually, the owners of liquor shops are not happy. However, the official stated that the move shouldn’t be too much of a burden and that things would stabilise soon. Whether this holds true or not, that long overdue trip to Goa is suddenly sounding like a good idea, isn’t it?