Lucknow, May 6: Uttar Pradesh Government on Wednesday hiked taxes on country-made liquor and Indian-made foreign liquor sold in the state. The government, however, categorically stated that they were forced to open the liquor shops owing to rampant smuggling of illegal liquor and people consuming sanitiser and hooch in its absence.
The minimum hike will be Rs 5 per bottle on country-made liquor while the foreign-made liquor, particularly the imported ones, will face the maximum brunt. The state cabinet approved the new taxes on the liquor and state finance minister Suresh Kumar Khanna announced it before the media here.
During the lockdown, enforcement agencies seized 88,020 litres of smuggled liquor besides unearthing 499 bhattis where illicit liquors were prepared. The police also registered 3536 FIRs and arrested 3627 people, the Minister said. (UNI)