Karnataka has the highest average price of LIQUOR in the nation. Report

Karnataka is more expensive than other states since it adds an 83% tax to the real cost of alcohol.

Liquor Gets Dearer In Karnataka As Congress Govt Proposes Duty Hike

According to a research by The Times of India, Karnataka is the most expensive state in the nation when it comes to alcohol costs, and the state’s tax on the maximum retail price (MRP) is also the highest of any state. Karnataka is more expensive than other states since it adds an 83% tax to the real cost of alcohol.

A bottle of liquor (other than beer), which costs $100 in Goa, is now approximately $513 in Karnataka, with Telangana coming in second. Karnataka is currently in first place due to high taxes and a recent rise in alcohol prices.

Goa ended up being the state with the lowest booze pricing compared to the other states.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hiked duty on all 18 slabs of Indian Made Liquor (IML) by 20% and on beer by 10% in the state’s maiden budget following the election of the Karnataka Congress government. The excise department’s income target was increased as well, to 36,000 crore.

However, the government’s objectives appear to have suffered as the Federation of Wine Merchants’ Association, Karnataka, reported that sales and revenue significantly decreased during the first two weeks of August.

Despite encouraging numbers in July, just 21.87 lakh boxes of IML were sold in the first half of August, a 14.25% decline from the sales registered during the same period in August 2022. “The old stock would have continued to be sold until the end of the month, but the new pricing took effect on July 20. However, the demand has decreased since the new pricing were introduced, according to an organization representative.

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