Punjab CM gives nod to Covid cess on liquor

Punjab CM gives nod to Covid cess on liquor

Kanwar Inder Singh/ Chandigarh

Faced with a huge revenue losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday gave the go-ahead to the imposition of Covid Cess on liquor with effect from June 1.

The move will help the state mop an additional revenue of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal.

The state is facing a revenue shortfall of Rs. 26000 crore, which is 30% of the total budget revenue estimates, for FY 2020-21, necessitating some tough measures to generate additional revenue, said the Chief Minister, accepting the recommendation of the Group of Ministers, which was constituted on May 12 to examine the matter, to levy Addl. Excise Duty and Addl. Assessed Fee on liquor during the current financial year.

The proceeds of the additional levy shall be utilized  entirely for Covid related expenditure, said the Chief Minister, directing the Department of Excise and Taxation to charge the cess in the current year, at the time of issuance of permits for transportation of liquor from L-1/L-13 (wholesale licenses).

Captain Amarinder had earlier asked the Group of Ministers (GoM), comprising the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Housing & Urban Development Minister and the Forests & Wildlife Minister, to examine the proposal regarding levy of Special Cess/COVID Cess on the sale of liquor, to partially recoup some of the revenue losses amid this unprecedented crisis.


In line with GoM’s recommendations, the Department of Excise & Taxation has decided to impose Additional Assessed Fee on imported foreign liquor and imported beer, and Additional Excise Duty on other types of liquor, as per the details shared below.

Punjab CM gives nod to Covid cess on liquor


Sr. No. Type of liquor Quarts Pints Smaller sizes
1. Punjab Medium liquor Rs.5 per quart Rs.3 per pint Rs.2 for any other small size.
2. Indian made foreign liquor Rs.10 per quart and proportionately in case of larger packaging. Rs.6 per pint Rs.4 for any other small size
3. Beer Rs.5 for every 650 ml or part thereof.
4. Wine Rs.10 for every 650 ml or part thereof.
5. RTD etc. Rs.5 (per bottle any size)





Sr. No. Type of liquor Size
1. Imported Foreign liquor 750 ml or part thereof. All other sizes
Rs.50 Rs.30
2. Imported Beer Rs.7 per 650 ml or part thereof