Just as the TASMAC shops are scheduled to resume their business in non-containment areas in Tamil Nadu from tomorrow, the State government today hiked the liquor prices significantly.
According to an official release, since the government has increased duty on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) by 15 percent, ordinary liquor will cost Rs 10 more for 180 ml (quarter bottle) and premier liquor will cost Rs 20 more for the same quantity.
This will come into effect from 7 May, it added. The government Monday evening announced opening of liquor shops in the State, which remained closed in view of the lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus, from 10 am to 5 pm from 7 May, with stringent conditions.
The decision comes a day before TASMAC shops located outside of containment zones in the state are set to open after over 40 days. However, TASMAC shops within Chennai Police limits will not be allowed to open from May 7 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the state capital.
“The state-owned Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) will not be opening in the capital city but will open in the rest of the state on May 7. The date will be announced later,” said the official announcement.
The decision to open the shops has been partially reversed following the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the past few days. On Monday evening, even as the number of positive cases touched a new high due to the growing Koyambedu cluster, the Tamil Nadu government decided to open the government-run retail liquor shops in the state.
The government’s move followed reports that people in bordering districts of Tamilnadu were thronging the wine shops in neighbouring Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, where the shops were allowed to open.