On 04th May 2020, the Lt. Governor of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (1) of section 81 of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 gave the ruling as an amendment on Rule 154 of Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 that a “Special Corona Fee” will be levied on the sale of Liquor through Retail Licenses. The “Special Corona Fees” will be 70% of the Maximum Retail Price on all categories of liquor.
The ruling came after the government decided to open the State-run liquor shops after a period of 40 days of nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shops had to be shut due to the excessive gathering of people outside the outlets which resulted in breaking the social distancing norms. The above-mentioned notification shall come into force with effect from the 5th day of May 2020.
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