Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
The resumption of sale of liquor in Jharkhand began from today. The shops have been allowed to remain open between 7 am to 7 pm. However, the Jharkhand government has increased the Value-Added Tax (VAT) on liquor to 75% across the state. According to a notification issued by the Commercial Taxes Department on Tuesday, the increase in VAT came into effect from the date of its issue i.e. May 19, 2020.
The increase in VAT is applicable for all types of liquor including Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). The earlier rate of VAT on liquor in the state was 50 percent. Chief Minister Hemant Soren had recently allowed liquor shops to reopen in the state, during the fourth phase of lockdown.