Guwahati: Lifting restrictions on liquor shops has turned out to be a huge relief for governments, as states are recording bumper sales. According to reports, in Assam, since alcohol shops opened on May 2 till Tuesday, the state has seen sales of more than Rs 75 crore, and made around Rs 25 crore in revenues.
On May 2, Assam government reopened all IMFL and country “off” shops (wine shops) located in green zones with “immediate effect”. The reopening of alcohol shops is expected to fill in the draining state coffers.
Elsewhere, Karnataka made a whopping Rs 197 crore selling alcohol on Tuesday, beating its Monday sales of Rs 45 crore.
A memo was issued earlier by the additional commissioner of excise, on instructions by the state government, wholesale vending of foreign liquor and country spirits across the state have been allowed to operate.
Transportation of liquor consignments is also permitted as per the provisions of Assam Excuse Rules, 2016. However, all concerned licensee shall comply with social distancing norms and other guidelines issued by MHA.
Also, in April, the state had reopened alcohol shops from April 12 for three days following a directive from the Centre.