Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
On the first day of lockdown 3.0 yesterday when liquor stores were allowed to open, Uttar Pradesh recorded sales of over ₹100 crore in just one day. The average daily sale of liquor in the state in normal times is around ₹70-80 crore.
Several shop owners had to shut to down by Monday afternoon after they ran out of stock. Long queues were seen even today in several parts of the state. According to Excise Department officials, the sale of liquor in Lucknow was recorded at ₹6.3 crore on Monday, the first day of the start of the third phase of the lockdown that ends on May 17.
I don’t think there would be any single industry with just less than one lakh work force that gives ₹100 crore revenue (to the state exchequer) in a day, Principal Secretary, Excise, Sanjay Bhoosreddy said.
More than 25,600 liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh remained closed for around 40 days after imposition of the lockdown from March 24 midnight, causing a huge revenue loss to the state.