Delhi: Liquor has turned out to be the last hope for state to make money to combat the current economic crisis and to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Modi banned alcohol sales during the lock-down which naturally turned down the major revenue for many states. It was a direct source of tax income. It would have been a direct income for states already struggling to provide food to millions of poor and jobless people. Around Rs. 700 crore is a days revenue on an average from liquor sales.
Alcohol fight shows states battling PM Modi for virus billions
In the tug-of-war between India’s states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s central government for cash to fight the #COVIDー19 outbreak, liquor has become the latest battleground.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) April 29, 2020
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2020
Many states like Punjab have come forward to a direct fight to lift the ban on alcohol. All other means of revenue have been dried up and there is no other way states could pull through these hard times.