Liquor goes costly in Punjab, imposes Covid cess from June 1

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Punjab govt  to get RS. 145 CR additional revenue from this move

North Gazette News/ Chandigarh

The state government of Punjab has decided to impose Covid cess on sale of liquor from June 1. The state was facing huge revenue losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged lockdown. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday gave the go-ahead to the imposition of Covid Cess on liquor with effect from June 1. This move will help the state mop an additional revenue of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal.


It is worth mentioning that  state is facing a revenue shortfall of Rs. 26000 crore, which is 30% of the total budget revenue estimates, for FY 2020-21. It has necessitated some tough measures to generate additional revenue, said the Chief Minister, accepting the recommendation of the Group of Ministers, which was constituted on May 12 to examine the matter, to levy Addl. Excise Duty and Addl. Assessed Fee on liquor during the current financial year. The proceeds of the additional levy shall be utilized  entirely for Covid related expenditure, said the Chief Minister, directing the Department of Excise and Taxation to charge the cess in the current year, at the time of issuance of permits for transportation of liquor from L-1/L-13 (wholesale licenses).


Captain Amarinder had earlier asked the Group of Ministers (GoM), comprising the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Housing & Urban Development Minister and the Forests & Wildlife Minister, to examine the proposal regarding levy of Special Cess/COVID Cess on the sale of liquor, to partially recoup some of the revenue losses amid this unprecedented crisis. In line with GoM’s recommendations, the Department of Excise & Taxation has decided to impose Additional Assessed Fee on imported foreign liquor and imported beer, and Additional Excise Duty on other types of liquor, as per the details shared below.




1.       Punjab Medium liquor Rs.5 per quart Rs.3 per pint Rs.2 for any other small size.

2.      Indian made foreign liquor Rs.10 per quart and proportionately in case of larger packaging. Rs.6 per pint Rs.4 for any other small size

3.      Beer Rs.5 for every 650 ml or part thereof.

4.      Wine Rs.10 for every 650 ml or part thereof.

5.      RTD etc. Rs.5 (per bottle any size)



1.             Imported Foreign liquor 750 ml or part thereof. All other sizes Rs.50 Rs.30

2.             Imported Beer Rs.7 per 650 ml or part thereof





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