Nod to tax hike, liquor set to be costlier

Patna, Jan. 22: The cabinet today gave its nod to increase the excise duty on various brands of beer and whisky in the state.

"The cabinet increased the excise duty on different types of beer and Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) to be sold in hotels, canteens, restaurants and bars. The increase will come into effect with the date of issuance of notification," cabinet coordination department principal secretary Deepak Kumar told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

According to the decision, lager beer and strong beer would be charged Rs 15 per bulk litre, while the super-strong ones Rs 20 per bulk litre, Kumar said, adding that lager and strong beer used to be charged at Rs 10 per bulk litre, while the super-strong beer was charged Rs 18 per bulk litre. Similarly, the department would charge Rs 15 per bulk litre on IMFL to be sold at licensed eateries against its earlier tax of Rs 10 per bulk litre.

In another decision, the cabinet gave its nod to the energy department's proposal to set up 13 transformer repairing workshops (TRWs) in various parts of the state.

The cabinet has sanctioned Rs 41.02 crore for the purpose of setting up 13 TRWs in two phases, Kumar said, adding that Rs 22.52 crore would be spent in the current fiscal in this regard.

The places where these seven TRWs would be set up in first phase included Motihari, Begusarai, Supaul, Munger, Harnaut (Nalanda), Barun (Aurangabad) and Phuwarisharif (Patna) while six TRWs would be set up in second phase in Forbesganj (Araria), Buxar, Chhapra, Bhabhua, Kalyanpur (Samastipur) and Banka.

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